Harry Maguire proves how David de Gea has coped with criticism
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has leapt to the defence of goalkeeper David de Gea.
The Spaniard has often face the brunt of criticism in recent years. Following Erik ten Hag’s appointment, there have been question marks over his suitability to play from the back.
De Gea marked his 400th Premier League game for United with a clean sheet in their 2-0 win at Leeds on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking to Sky Sports post-match, Maguire insisted that De Gea faces more pressure because of his role in such a big team, but has often handled it well.
“It’s a pleasure to play in front of him,” Maguire said.
“To play 400 games for this club in the most scrutinised position in world football, that just shows how good he’s been over the years for club. He’s a legend and is performing at the highest level this season and he’ll keep doing that.”
Maguire made a rare start for United in Sunday’s victory, and when asked if he hopes to be a more regular fixture in Ten Hag’s side, he replied: “Winning is the most important thing. I put the team miles before myself. It’s a good one for the fans.
“It’s not about me, it’s about the team and about the club being successful. Obviously I want to be a big part of it. The only thing you can do is train well and make sure you’re ready when the chance comes.”
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Arsenal pre-season 2023/24: Fixtures and schedule
Having reached new heights in the Premier League in 2022/23, Arsenal will soon be beginning their preparations for the new campaign with a pre-season tour to get ready for 2023/24.
Preparations for last season took place in Germany for Arsenal but with the Covid-19 pandemic a bit more of a distant memory for many, it is expected that more teams will be heading further afield again to either the United States of America or Asia.
Arsenal are yet to announce a full training camp location for their pre-season but they do have one fixture already confirmed which drops a big clue.
The Gunners are going to be coming up against an MLS All-Star team in Washington D.C. which will be coached by Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney. That takes place on July 19 and it is hard to imagine that Arsenal will only play one game in America.
A semi-regular fixture of Arsenal’s pre-seasons in recent years has been the Emirates Cup, but there has not been any word on whether an edition of that will be taking place or not this summer. If there is, then Arsenal could be splitting their time between America and London.
All times BST.
As is the case for almost every big club in football now, all of Arsenal’s pre-season friendlies are expected to be televised live on Arsenal.com and their official app with a subscription.
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