Gary Neville hopes to see an improvement in David de Gea’s performances after he committed his future to Manchester United by signing a new long-term contract at the club.
Spain international De Gea has made more than 350 appearances for Manchester United signing being signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2011.
The 28-year-old has helped United win the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup and was said to be stalling over putting pen to paper on a new deal.
Manchester United confirmed on Monday that a new contract had been signed, however, keeping De Gea at the club until at least 2023.
Asked by Sky Sports pundit and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher how big a positive the announcement was, Neville said: ‘I’ve got to believe it’s good news.
‘He’s had a difficult time in the Premier League. When players are distracted it doesn’t help.
‘He’s lost his place in the national team and made more mistake for Manchester United than ever before.
‘But now he’s signed you hope that settles him down and he starts performing.
‘Manchester United need a spine. They haven’t got a strong, dominant spine. De Ge can be the start of that. But his performances have dipped recently.’
Explaining his decision to sign a new deal at Manchester United, De Gea said: ‘It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour.
‘Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club. Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.
‘As one of the senior players in the squad, I want to support and lead in any way that I can to assist the younger players, so they know what it means to play here.
‘I still feel that I have so much more to achieve at the club and I truly believe that Manchester United can build on the club’s tradition of success and reward our fans for their support.
‘I am committed to continue repaying the fans for all of the care that they’ve shown me during the good times and the bad.’
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, said: ‘I am delighted that David has committed his long-term future to the club.
‘Over recent years, David has proved himself to be the best in the world and a vital part of our plans as we look to take Manchester United back to where it belongs.’
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