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David de Gea confident that improved Man Utd can have ‘great year’

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has said that the club has what it takes to fight for major honours this season.

The Red Devils made a string of marquee signings this summer, bringing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford.

Despite this, they have already crashed out of one competition with a much-rotated United side losing 1-0 to West Ham in the Carabao Cup.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping that his squad can return to winning ways against Aston Villa in the Premier League this weekend, and speaking before the game, De Gea revealed that he has big hopes for the season ahead.

“We signed good players [in the summer] and we already had a good squad,” he told Sky Sports. “We are there at the top of the league fighting for every game, of course it is hard, it is the best league in the world.

“Every game is difficult, we want to fight for the big trophies, try to fight for the Premier League, the Champions League, for everything and I think we have the squad and the players and we have the fans with us so it’s amazing. I think the club is in a good point.

“I think there are top teams fighting for the league, like always in the Premier League. So let’s see what happens, be focused on the next games and just prepare properly and put everything on the pitch and in training.”

As he has previously, De Gea reserved special praise for Ronaldo, who he claims has had a transformative effect on the club already.

“I think that the impact is already there. It’s amazing to have him back at home,” he added. “He’s already a legend in the club, so I think for the players, for the young lads, for everyone, he’s a great guy to see every day how he works in the gym, how he treats himself, how he takes care of his body, and of himself.

“He is an amazing player and it’s great to see him here every day working hard and helping the team.

“Let’s see, like I said, now we have a bigger squad, big players – players with experience like Cristiano, like Raphael Varane, like me, Juan Mata – so we have more experience on the team.

“So let’s see, it can be a great year.”