The Spaniard hasn’t missed a Premier League game this season so far, making a total of 29 appearances in all competitions.
He has, compared to previous seasons, spent far less time in the spotlight over the last few months and recently noted that he would rather see the annual Player of the Season award go to somebody else.
And De Gea, when asked about Man United’s 17-game unbeaten run, made it clear that Mourinho’s men were moving in the right direction.
“It’s a very good run but we need to keep the same level, focus and concentration going into the games,” he said.
“Everything is easy when you win and when the run is good. You win and you never lose so everything is easy and everyone is happy. We now need to be really focused to keep winning.
“I think we are defending really well but we are keeping the ball for more time and I think this is key. We have more possession of the ball and are creating more chances so that is why we are conceding fewer goals and fewer opportunities. We have great players and have a lot of confidence.
“I feel really well on the pitch. I’m really happy to play for United and Spain and I’m feeling very strong on the pitch. I need to keep this level until the finish of the season.”
This has been something of a strange season for De Gea. The Spaniard has spent the last three years desperately salvaging United from further misery under either David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, deservedly claiming three Player of the Season titles in the process.
Under Mourinho, however, the 26-year-old has been something of a peripheral, ambiguous figure – always present, always making a contribution, but never dominating the headlines. This is, above anything, a sign of United developing a sense of verve going forward this season, and supporters – as well as De Gea, strangely enough – will hope to see such a trend continue.