Date: 4th January 2023 at 3:11pm
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Manchester United moved level with third-placed Newcastle United in the Premier League table on Tuesday thanks to a 3-0 win over Bournemouth. 

Marcus Rashford netted his third goal in as many games during the match at Old Trafford, and The Red Devils are now just a point behind reigning champions Manchester City, who sit second and play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Erik ten Hag’s squad could look slightly different by the time that United face City in their next league game in ten days, with the January window now open and United likely to be active.

There could be departures as well as arrivals, but one of United’s most important players has spoken out on his own future.

David de Gea, who is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, has claimed that he is confident of agreeing an extension with the club.

“Yeah, I’m very relaxed,” the Spaniard told The Manchester Evening News when asked about the negotiations.

“Just focus on training, perform as best as I can. But, for sure, it’s going to end in a good way.”

“I hope so,” he said when asked if he expects to finish his career at Old Trafford.

De Gea’s clean sheet against The Cherries was his 177th for the club

“I was saying this is my club, I’ve been here many, many years and it’s a huge honour to be here and I’m so happy here.”

The 32-year-old has spent more than a decade in Manchester, racking up more than 500 appearances for The Red Devils since signing for the club from Atletico Madrid.

He has been criticised at times for inconsistency, notably at the start of the current campaign, but he has been in fine form of late and has kept three consecutive league clean sheets since the World Cup.

The Spanish international appears confident that he will stay put in Manchester, despite having entered into the final six months of his current deal.

“I hope so. I was saying this is my club, I’ve been here many, many years and it’s a huge honour to be here and I’m so happy here.”

De Gea remains United’s first choice ‘keeper but the club are likely looking to sign a goalkeeper following Newcastle United’s decision to recall Martin Dubravka from a season-long loan deal at the club.

The Slovakian’s departure has left Tom Heaton as United’s only other senior goalkeeping option, and that has likely increased the club’s desire to reach an agreement with De Gea.

De Gea, who has made 45 appearances for the Spanish national side since his debut in 2014, was snubbed by Luis Enrique for the World Cup in Qatar.

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