David de Gea assesses Manchester United’s trophy chances after Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane transfers

    David de Gea celebrates after Manchester United's win over West Ham in the Premier League
    Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea wants to battle for ‘big trophies’ (Picture: Getty)

    David de Gea is confident Manchester United are at a ‘good point’ after investing heavily in the squad in the summer and believes the club are ready to fight for ‘big trophies’ this season.

    The Red Devils spent in excess of £130million on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane before the transfer deadline, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate to transform his team into a genuine force in both the Premier League and in Europe.

    Solskjaer is still yet to win any silverware since taking over the reins from Jose Mourinho back in December 2018 and it was disappointment for the Norwegian on Wednesday night as United crashed out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of West Ham.

    But De Gea is feeling optimistic about the campaign ahead, with the Red Devils sitting third in the English top flight after his crucial penalty save at the London Stadium last weekend.

    ‘We signed good players and we already had a good squad,’ the United goalkeeper told Sky Sports.

    ‘We are there at the top of the league fighting for every game, of course it is hard, it is the best league in the world.

    ‘Every game is difficult, we want to fight for the big trophies, try to fight for the Premier League, the Champions League, for everything and I think we have the squad and the players and we have the fans with us so it’s amazing. I think the club is in a good point.

    ‘I think there are top teams fighting for the league, like always in the Premier League. So let’s see what happens, be focused on the next games and just prepare properly and put everything on the pitch and in training.’

    Ronaldo has made an immediate impression after returning to Old Trafford – scoring three goals in two games – and De Gea is hoping the Portuguese’s winning mentality and experience can help United end their four-year wait for a trophy.

    ‘I think that the impact is already there. It’s amazing to have him back at home,’ the Spaniard said.

    ‘He’s already a legend in the club, so I think for the players, for the young lads, for everyone, he’s a great guy to see every day how he works in the gym, how he treats himself, how he takes care of his body, and of himself.

    ‘He is an amazing player and it’s great to see him here every day working hard and helping the team.

    ‘Let’s see, like I said, now we have a bigger squad, big players – players with experience like Cristiano, like Raphael Varane, like me, Juan Mata – so we have more experience on the team.

    ‘So let’s see, it can be a great year.’

    United play host to Aston Villa this weekend and victory could see Solskjaer’s men go top of the table.

    Marcus Rashford (shoulder) and Amad Diallo (thigh) are both unavailable but Edinson Cavani will return to United’s squad after recovering from a muscle problem.

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