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INSIDER: De Gea desperate to reclaim Man Utd top spot

Manchester United veteran David De Gea wants his first team spot back at the club.

The Spaniard was demoted as second choice Premier League keeper towards the end of last season, with Dean Henderson often starting league matches while De Gea played in the cup competitions.

However, an ESPN report states that a United insider believes De Gea is ready to fight for his place.

"David isn't a sulker," the insider is quoted as saying."When the manager picked Dean for the final two months of the season, David accepted it as the nature of the job and worked as hard as ever to get back to his best, but also to help Dean.

"There is a perception outside the club of David being a loner or somebody who doesn't mix well, but that's not the case.

"He is well-liked and has the absolute respect of every one of his teammates."

"When he arrived at United, he had Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in front of him, he could play a short pass to Paul Scholes or Michael Carrick and never see the ball lost to the opposition, or he could send a long ball to Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie and know that it would stick, allowing him to turn defence into attack very quickly for United," the insider added about De Gea's recent struggles.

"But what has he got now?

"He has poor centre-halves in front of him, the likes of Fred and Aaron Wan-Bissaka unable to keep the ball when they receive it and until Edinson Cavani arrived, nobody capable of holding the ball up front.

"United have contributed to his loss of form by not getting players around him.

"And the chopping and changing of managers since Ferguson left in 2013 hasn't helped him, either: he's also had six goalkeeper coaches in 10 years at the club."

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