David De Gea: “Playing from the back requires a solid foundation and plenty of alternatives for the players in the back.
Of course, having a wide range of options is essential, and I think we’re doing a good job of that. We demonstrated against Crystal Palace that we can play well from the back and score goals.
By now it should be obvious. It’s not necessary for me to demonstrate it to anyone, because you can see it yourself if you watch my games with the national team or when we first played with Sir Alex. Since a long time, I’ve been a player.
I’ll give it everything I’ve got; I’ll do everything I can to aid the squad and the game. As always, I’m going to keep my head down, remain calm, and play from the back of the pack… No, not really (Ten Hag has requested that he alter his strategy).
You have to adjust to the style of play that the various coaches want us to play, of course. To be honest, though, I’m used to playing like this because I did it for so long with the United States national team. We intend to construct from the back, and I intend to be ready to provide choices to the players so that they can play from the back, as well as to be ready for long balls.
But my primary focus is on saving shots and making the saves for the team, which is what I like most.”