Sec­ond best is sim­ply not good enough for club like ours: De Gea

Belfast Telegraph - - SPORT - BY MARK CRITCHLEY

DAVID de Gea says Manch­ester United must not be sat­is­fied with fin­ish­ing as Premier League run­ners-up this sea­son, claim­ing sec­ond place is “not enough”.

United en­joyed their best league sea­son since Sir Alex Ferguson’s re­tire­ment in 2013, but still ended 19 points be­hind cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City.

De Gea (be­low), named United’s Player of the Year for the fourth time, has now urged his team-mates to help end their five-year wait for the league ti­tle.

“I be­lieve that, for a club like United, even sec­ond place is sim­ply not enough,” he said. “We have to be fight­ing hard to win some­thing and we have that op­por­tu­nity. You get noth­ing for com­ing sec­ond or getting close to the league lead­ers.

“In the end, you al­ways have to be fight­ing to win some­thing, as that’s what this club and the fans re­ally de­serve and so it’s just that — sec­ond place is not enough.”

United’s sea­son could yet end with sil­ver­ware, as Chelsea await Jose Mour­inho’s side in Satur­day’s FA Cup fi­nal at Wem­b­ley.

For De Gea, it is a chance to win the world’s old­est foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion for a sec­ond time hav­ing lifted the tro­phy in 2016 un­der Louis van Gaal.

“It’s what this club has an obli­ga­tion to do — get to cup fi­nals, win them and con­tinue to make this club even big­ger,” the 27-year-old added. “That’s the most im­por­tant thing, bat­tling to keep mak­ing United what it is — a mas­sive, mas­sive club.”

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