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Friday 16 March 2012

De Gea: Title is our focus

Keeper says Man Utd will use European exit to increase focus in title race

David de Gea could not prevent Man Utd's European exit on Thursday

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea says he is confident the club can bounce back from their European exit by winning the Barclays Premier League.

Despite Wayne Rooney's goal, United were beaten 2-1 by Athletic Bilbao in the UEFA Europa League last 16 on Thursday, a result which completed a 5-3 aggregate loss.

However, the exit means that United - like neighbours City who also went out of the competition on Thursday - have the Barclays Premier League title as their only possible silverware this season.

"We have a big game at Wolves and that is what we must concentrate on"
- David de Gea

De Gea said he is upbeat about the team's chances.

"It is very important for us now to try and secure the Premier League," he said.

"We are first. We are the leaders. Manchester City are in good form, but we have the team and the supporters to win the league.

"We have a big game coming up at Wolves on Sunday and that is what we must concentrate on now."

United go into the match against struggling Wolves as Barclays Premier League leaders, having moved one point clear of neighbours City at the weekend.

De Gea has been in impressive form recently and the 21-year-old - who moved to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid last summer - said that he was feeling more comfortable in his role.

"The English league is a bit more aggressive, but football is football," he said.

"There is no real difference. Little by little, I feel my confidence in England is growing.

"In the beginning, it was all new, the place, the country, the team. But gradually I am getting used to everything and hopefully that continues."

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Key Points

  • Man Utd lost 5-3 on aggregate to Athletic Bilbao in UEFA Europa League
  • De Gea happy to focus on Barclays Premier League
  • Utd are top of the table by one point with 10 matches remaining