FA Cup glory would help keep De Gea, says Herrera

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - TOTAL FOOTBALL FA CUP - By James Ducker

Ander Herrera be­lieves an FA Cup tri­umph would boost Manch­ester United’s prospects of keep­ing David de Gea but in­sisted the goal­keeper would not be able to keep pro­duc­ing world-class per­for­mances if he was un­happy at the club.

De Gea, who was named in the PFA Premier League team of the year last week, pro­vided the plat­form for United’s last gasp 2-1 semi­fi­nal vic­tory over Ever­ton on Satur­day with an im­pres­sive penalty save from Romelu Lukaku.

The Spa­niard came close to leav- ing United last sum­mer only for a pro­posed £29 mil­lion move to Real Madrid to col­lapse at the 11th hour, prompt­ing him to sign a new four-year con­tract at Old Traf­ford with the op­tion of an ad­di­tional 12 months.

United sup­port­ers fear the prospect of miss­ing out on Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion this sea­son could force De Gea to con­sider his fu­ture again, but Real are thought to now be weigh­ing up a move for Chelsea’s Thibaut Cour­tois and Herrera is adamant his friend and fel­low Spa­niard is con­tent at Old Traf­ford.

“I think he is very happy at Manch­ester United,” Herrera said. “You can see that. If you are not happy in one place, you can­not play like that.

“We can be calm and op­ti­mistic, first be­cause he is in a fan­tas­tic club and if we start win­ning tro­phies, it’s eas­ier to keep world-class play­ers.

“He is the No 1 in the world. In Eng­land, you know that, but in the rest of the world they think they have bet­ter goal­keep­ers, but I don’t think so.

“He has a spe­cial ta­lent. When you are born with that qual­ity and abil­ity, you are so lucky.”

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