It did not cross my mind to drop De Gea, says Sol­sk­jaer

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Total Football - By Luke Ed­wards United Re­view,

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer has given David de Gea his back­ing de­spite an in­con­sis­tent sea­son as the goal­keeper pre­pares to make his 400th ap­pear­ance for Manch­ester United against Southamp­ton tonight.

Asked if he had ever con­sid­ered drop­ping De Gea, Sol­sk­jaer said: “It did not cross my mind for one sec­ond. To be a Man United goal­keeper you have to have a strong men­tal­ity. David has a strong men­tal­ity … I didn’t see any good in tak­ing him out at all, no.”

Sol­sk­jaer, whose side have gone

Man Utd v Southamp­ton 17 games un­beaten in all com­pe­ti­tions and are just one point be­hind fourth-placed Le­ices­ter City, added: “He has been fan­tas­tic since I have been here. “[He could] maybe [play for] 10 more years, how long will he be able to stay at the top is just up to him.

“Four hun­dred games, two more than Pete [Sch­me­ichel]. He’s won the Pre­mier League, the FA Cup, the Europa League, the League Cup, but that is prob­a­bly not enough for him. I don’t think he will be happy un­til he wins the big­ger tro­phies.”

Sup­port has also come from Sch­me­ichel, who be­lieves De Gea has to ad­just to the fact United are sim­ply a far bet­ter team now, which brings challenges for a goal­keeper.

“He’s been fan­tas­tic since he came to the club,” Sch­me­ichel told

the of­fi­cial Manch­ester United match-day pro­gramme. “David’s role is chang­ing. If you’re a goal­keeper that has been busy for years, and now you’re not busy, you need to find new ways of keep­ing your con­cen­tra­tion.”

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