Man Utd's David de Gea selected to face FC Basel
Sep 11, 2017 Sports 0 1750 By Abdulkerimu Oare
- David de Gea will be United's goalkeeper on their first outing in the Champions League this season.
- De Gea happy to be back in Europe's elite competition.
- United return to the Champions league on Tuesday at Old Trafford against Basel.
Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho has indicated that David de Gea would be his goalkeeper for United's champions league opener
at Old Trafford against FC Basel.
This news comes as a surprise because many would have expected the Portuguese manager to stick to his rotation style that saw Sergio Romero in post throughout United's Europa League campaign last season.
Mourinho told a news conference: "I go match by match. I don't like that clear separation of you play this competition, I play this competition. David is really well and really confident and I go with David."
De Gea, meanwhile, has said he agreed with the decision to pick Romero in the Europa League, while claiming he is a better goalkeeper because of the competition offered by Argentina's No. 1.
He told the news conference: "I always want to play every game but it was a manager decision [to pick Romero] and it was good because we won the competition.
"We fight for the position to play and it is good for the group, to keep working hard in training.
"All three, Sergio, Joel [Pereira] and me train really hard to be the player on the pitch to play the games. I feel really strong, really confident. Every day I train hard to be in the XI and that's it.
"Of course it was hard to watch Champions League games on TV. A club like Manchester United not being in those games, it was hard.
"Now we are back and we are really motivated to win Champions League games. We need to play our best football to win those games.
"It is good to be back in the Champions League, especially at Old Trafford because I think it is almost two years without a Champions League game at Old Trafford."
De Gea has watched Real Madrid, a team he has been repeatedly linked with, win the Champions League three times in the last four years.
The Premier League, meanwhile, has not provided a winner since Chelsea in 2012.
De Gea, however, says the gap between Zinedine Zidane's reigning champions is not that big.
He said: "I don't know, there are strong teams in England. Normally in England we never had a break in December and January and it can be a tough moment for English teams to prepare for Champions League games.
"But the level is more or less the same. Spanish teams are in a good moment but Manchester United is one of the best teams in the world."
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