De Gea responds to critics
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has issued a philosophical response to his critics, insisting that his detractors do not impact his love of playing for the club.
De Gea has made over 400 appearances for United since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011, and while he has been largely excellent in that time, the Spaniard has faced criticism following some high-profile mistakes over the past couple of years.
“It’s wonderful to be here and, to be honest, I feel right at home in Manchester,” he told the club’s official magazine.
“I think you learn from your mistakes, you start to mature and life throws up difficult situations. And, of course, you learn from them, from the bad times especially, and I think that’s life, isn’t it?
“I’ve learned lots of things, it’s difficult to pick out just one. It’s difficult to say but you learn, particularly that times can be tough, you can have difficult periods, especially in this world. There are lots of people who will slate you.
“You’ll get it from all sides but it’s about believing in yourself, having confidence in what you can do to keep on going and give 100 per cent in every training session, every game, and know that life goes on. You have to show up each day to improve and be happy, which is the most important thing.”
Pellistri features as Under-21s lose to Morecambe
United conceded three quickfire first-half goals as the League Two side ran out eventual 4-0 winners in the Papa John’s Trophy with the Reds having already booked their spot in the next round.
While Pellistri offered flickers of promise, United were undone by a shaky defensive performance as Ryan Cooney (2), Harry Davis, and Freddie Price all struck to give the Shrimps a convincing win.
United will discover their opponents for the next round in Friday’s draw with manager Neil Wood knowing improvements must be made if his young guns are to advance.
Opinion: United could make squad change for West Brom
At the moment, Premier League managers are still restricted to 18-man match-day squads, which perhaps explains why Brandon Williams is yet to feature outside of the Carabao Cup this season.
But Solskjaer may need to cut one of his midfielders from the bench for the visit of West Brom to Old Trafford on Saturday.