Winning FA Cup not enough – De Gea

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: David de Gea of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on March 31, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper David de Gea has admitted that winning the FA Cup will not be considered good enough for Manchester United this season

The Spain number one was recently named the club’s Player of the Year for a record fourth time after some outstanding displays in goal for United this season.

However, De Gea believes that their season has been an overall disappointment with United having been shockingly eliminated in the Champions League by Sevilla and they are currently in second-place and 16 points behind local rivals Manchester City with three games remaining in the Premier League.

“It has not been quite enough this season.” the 27-year-old told Sky Sports.

“Fair enough we are battling to hang on to second place and hopefully we will fire until the final game to ensure that happens, but we have not managed to win our initial target which was to win the Premier League title.

“That is what we are all here for, that is what the players at the club want and also to give a good account of ourselves in the Champions League but we have also not managed to do that.

“Obviously the FA Cup is very important, a nice trophy to win, and we are going all out to win that.

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“But it is not quite enough – we are Manchester United and have to aim for bigger and better things, that has always got to be our focus.

“Next season is a new season and we have to improve in a number of areas.

“We have to fight to be involved at the end of the season. It is not just Manchester City we will be challenging next season, five or six teams fight for the Premier League. It is a case of hard work to be in there at the wire.”

Next up for Jose Mourinho’s side is a trip to Brighton on Friday night and if they manage to secure another three points, then United will seal the runners-up spot in the Premier League.

“We want to win on Friday night (against Brighton) and seal second-place as quickly as possible but it is insufficient and we can’t offer any excuses,” said De Gea.

“We are here to try and win trophies. The fans and people at the club deserve better and that is what we have to do – fight to win big trophies.”