David de Gea excited by Cristiano Ronaldo's early impact

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored four goals in his first three Manchester United appearances.

He hasn’t failed to find the net in any games he’s played so far, and was sorely missed as United crashed out of the EFL Cup in midweek against West Ham.

Teammate David de Gea said he has seen the impact Ronaldo has made already, on and off the pitch.

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De Gea told Sky Sports that Ronaldo has shown his huge professionalism in training and that it is pleasing to see him make a difference when it counts.


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

“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. Now we have players with experience like Cristiano, Raphael Varane, me, Juan Mata. It can be a great year.”

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De Gea has raised his game too

The signs were that De Gea had improved before Ronaldo even arrived back at United.

The penalty save at West Ham was the culmination of a strong start to the season, but de Gea has already performed heroics at Southampton and Wolves.

Ronaldo will want to raise standards across the board and de Gea is already getting back towards his very best.

Individual contributions have been key for United so far and perhaps the two most notable have been de Gea at one end and Ronaldo at the other.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.