David De Gea
Though De Gea faces tough competition for his spot from both Argentina’s number one Sergio Romero and young Portuguese keeper Joel Pereira, Mourinho clearly has trust in him with his statistics highlighting how reliable he has been for United across all competitions and how much trust and confidence the manager places in him. Indeed with 14 clean sheets and 80 saves in the league this season
, it is hard to argue that De Gea has had a bad game since the season started back in August.
Fans and even players can rest on the knowledge that if (unfortunately) the ball makes it through the defense they have a world class keeper there to obstruct it and to save the day for United once again.
In the summer it did seem as though Ashley Young could be on his way out of United, with rumours circulating, which suggested he could make a return to Watford. However, since then Young has become and invaluable part of Mourinho’s squad, even captaining the team on a few occasions. Ashley Young’s appeal lies in the fact that he can seemingly play literally anywhere in defence. At United he’s played on the left, on the right, as a full-back and as a wing-back and has done a respectable job in all these positions, appearing for over 1,500 minutes in the league this season
When Manchester United signed Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matić, fresh off the back of a Premier League win with Chelsea, in the summer many were completely shocked. Not by the fact that Mourinho had pulled off the deal or the fact that Matić picked United over staying with the reigning Premier League Champions, but by the fact that Chelsea actually let Matić go. He was an integral part of Chelsea’s league-winning squad and since joining United he has become a vital part of United’s team too.
In the absence of Club Captain Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia has taken the armband on multiple occasions and led the reds. He has many admirable qualities, as United’s first choice right-back, with his strength and speed making him stand out as a top player. José Mourinho even claimed he was the best ‘right-back’ in the world, a claim that was supported and compounded by fans and pundits alike.
He is undoubtedly an excellent Captain, as both Mourinho and the fans can rely on Valencia’s experience and knowledge when leading the team.
The United team is full of superstars and big names but significantly includes several reliable players. This is undoubtedly important for a team like United. As they compete in multiple competitions, fans and the manager must trust the fact that there are several skilled, experienced and most importantly reliable players, some ever-presents and some slotting in wherever they can, who are all ready to step up and perform for Manchester United when called upon.
Written by Ciara Garcha
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