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Manchester United player David de Gea reveals what motivates him most

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 2 days ago Steven Railston
De Gea. © MUTV De Gea.

David de Gea has named pressure as his buggest motivation to succeed at Manchester United.

De Gea was named United's Players' Player of the Year in recognition of his inspired displays last season. De Gea's future at Old Trafford was surrounded by uncertainty last summer, but he emphatically bounced back to make the No.1 spot his own again.

The Spaniard started in every one of United's 38 Premier League games and was wonderfully consistent between the sticks, despite his teammates ahead of him regularluy registering disappointing displays. De Gea now looks set to be Erik ten Hag's first-choice goalkeeper.

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But what motivates De Gea? The goalkeeper discussed being 'famous' this week and named pressure as the incentive to perform.

“When you’re famous – like an actor or footballer – and they know you nearly everywhere, you have to live with this,” De Gea told United's in-house media. "At the beginning, it’s a bit tough and a bit strange. You lose a bit of your privacy but that’s life.

"You have to deal with that and that means you are doing very well. That’s great as well. You make one very good season then people want you to be even better than the one before, so the pressure is there.

"That’s probably a good thing and a bad thing at the same time, but that makes you feel alive and makes you try to improve yourself.”

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