David de Gea has insisted the future is bright at Manchester United, noting that the dressing room atmosphere is very, very positive.
Jose Mourinho‘s men, following a rocky opening few months, have discovered their groove as a collective during a 17-game unbeaten run.
Recent 1-1 draws against Liverpool and Stoke, however, have left Man United four points adrift of the Champions League spots.
But De Gea, speaking to Premier League productions, has made it clear that, despite remaining in sixth for what seems like eternity, Mourinho’s men are moving in the right direction.
“I think times are exciting,” he said.
“The atmosphere in the dressing room is very, very positive. We’ve got a great bunch of lads, some excellent players in terms of their qualities.
“Everything’s in our favour for things to work out well for us. We need to put the hard work in. We have a solid group, we’re very close knit. It’s a case of concentrating on winning these games.
“The future’s bright with this group of players and the confidence as it is.”
Perhaps the clearest indication of the future being bright at United – or indeed that Mourinho’s men are moving in the right direction – is that, for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson‘s final season, De Gea has no chance of claiming the Player of the Year award in May.
But Mourinho has done far more than instil a fresh, bold attacking mentality at Old Trafford; he has, in the space of a few months, rebuilt the bridge between manager and player that was so notably destroyed by Louis van Gaal last season. The players clearly believe once more – not just in their manager, or the system being employed, but indeed in themselves.