Manchester United's Spaniard reveals what is making him a success

David de Gea

David De Gea says it's all in the diet and trips to the gym.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea says his fine form is down to trips to the gym and a change in his diet.

De Gea is closing in on 100 appearances for United, a stat which would have surprised many in his early weeks after signing from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

De Gea made a nervous start at Old Trafford, struggling to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League, but has been in fine form this season.

And, on 97 appearances for the club, he is set to make it a round 100 if he faces Tottenham Hotspur on December 1.

De Gea told the Daily Mirror: "I do a lot of work in the gym these days and I enjoy that. I have also changed the food I eat and that's helped me put on muscle and bulk up. It's been a big change, but it's working."

On reaching 100 appearances, he said: "I'll be delighted to reach that figure. It makes me very happy and I want to make it to 200 and then 300 appearances. I hope to play as many games as I can for Manchester United."

"The record is a lot of games. You never know though. At the moment, that figure seems very high but I'll take it one game at a time.

"I hope to play as many games as I can for Manchester United and, who knows, maybe one day I will reach that number and go even higher.

"I'm very happy with my form. I feel like this is a particularly good moment in my career right now and I hope to continue."

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