David De Gea explains how Man United have gone on 17-game unbeaten run

The Manchester United goalkeeper reveals the secret behind their 17-game unbeaten run

David De Gea has praised his Manchester United team-mates for their improved ball retention ahead of Thursday night’s EFL Cup semi-final at Hull City.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in 17 games after Wayne Rooney scored an extra-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

Manchester United have the chance to reach their first final under new manager Jose Mourinho when the Red Devils take on Premier League strugglers Hull.

The Manchester outfit were 2-0 winners against the Tigers in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at Old Trafford earlier this month.

Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini scored goals in the second-half to extend their winning run to nine games before a 1-1 stalemate with Liverpool.

Speaking to Manchester United’s website ahead of their EFL Cup clash, De Gea claimed that the secret behind their success has been better use of possession.

“It’s a very good run but we need to keep the same level, focus and concentration going into the games,” De Gea told United’s website.

“Everything is easy when you win and when the run is good. You win and you never lose so everything is easy and everyone is happy. We now need to be really focused to keep winning.

“I think we are defending really well but we are keeping the ball for more time and I think this is key. We have more possession of the ball and are creating more chances so that is why we are conceding fewer goals and fewer opportunities. We have great players and have a lot of confidence.”

Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table.

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