David de Gea sets sights on Champions League win with Manchester United

It would be fair to say that Manchester United are not among the favourites to lift this season’s Champions League.

That said, it remains the last remaining realistic chance of silverware at Old Trafford this term and David de Gea is determined to clinch it.

Nobody has done more to keep United’s unstable season on the rails than the Spanish goalkeeper, and he told the club’s official website he has set his sights on winning the famous trophy in May.

Since de Gea’s arrival in June 2011, United have not been beyond the quarter-finals, and that spell includes two seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson as well.

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But speaking ahead of his first reunion with his former club Atletico Madrid in the last 16 tonight, de Gea said: “Yes, of course there is [that aim]. That’s the objective. To win.

“The focus and aim is to not only win the tie but to also try and win the Champions League itself.

“We’ll be trying our best to do so, and approaching it with a real desire and conviction and we’ll be giving it a real go. It’s a really great competition.

“We all know how Atletico de Madrid play, they’re a very strong and tough outfit, who know how to really compete. It will be a hugely entertaining tie and let’s hope we can win through.”

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Atletico are the best team United have faced since Ralf Rangnick took interim charge and they need to step up to the big occasion.

With de Gea at one end and Cristiano Ronaldo at the other, United always have a chance.

There is a long, long way to go and United would need to perform way better against elite sides than they were under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by the end to have any chance at all.

But de Gea’s comments show the right mentality and he has put in the performances to back it up this season, getting back to his very best.

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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.