After watching Sergio Romero’s jaw-dropping performance against Chelsea last Monday, David De Gea is set to contest his place as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper when The Red Devils face Liverpool on Sunday.
Arguably the world’s best goalkeeper at the moment, De Gea is most likely to join Manchester United’s starting XI in their bid to disrupt Liverpool’s quest for a Premier League trophy. The Reds have failed in the last 29 years.
Speaking with United Review in a pre-match interview, the Spaniard said he is optimistic and confident ahead of the senses-tingling match.
‘I’ve always performed better under pressure,’ De Gea said, adding that United vs Liverpool is “the biggest game in England.”
‘It’s very special for the fans, clubs and players, especially when it is played at Old Trafford…Playing at home, for us, makes Liverpool games even more of an occasion,’ he continued. ‘It will be comparable to La Liga matches between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
‘Our plan is to enjoy the game and try harder to grab all three points,’ the Madrid-born footballer said.
United’s El Clasico equivalent against Liverpool will be played at Anfield.
‘It’s a game to watch due to the rivalry and long history between United and Liverpool,’ he added.
The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper – who almost left Old Trafford during Jose Mourinho’s last days in the Premier League – recalled some of his great encounters with the Merseysiders, particularly his wonderful saves against Joel Matip and Philippe Coutinho. At 28, De Gea hopes to keep his 100th EPL clean sheet against Liverpool on Sunday.
On how United can win the match, De Gea said: ‘It’s simple but not without huge efforts…We must keep Mohamed Salah uncomfortable and unproductive.’
He continued, ‘That may be difficult because Liverpool has many good players and you can’t focus on one individual…We are preparing for anything because of our opponents’ quality.’