Manchester United stars are going the extra mile in order to salvage what's left of their 2013-14 season.
Manchester United aim to restore the confidence their fans have in them by turning their calamitous season around the old fashioned way, the hard way, by putting in the work on the training ground, committing to extra-curricular hours and maintaining a blue-collar work ethic.
Speaking to the club's official website this morning, Thursday, goalkeeper David de Gea, 23, revealed that the Red Devils roster 'frequently' stay after training has finished in order to work on other aspects of their game, working in groups, to practice routines such as crossing, as well as target practice and shot-stopping.
'We frequently stay after training to practice crossing and finishing. We do it especially when there are no matches in the following days and I think the extra training helps me and the other players to improve.'
It appears one of the groups working closely together is the club's Spanish-speaking contingent, with Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia recently enlisting the help of uncapped Spaniard de Gea to work on various aspects of his individual game during outside-hours training sessions.
Adding to the club's official website, de Gea spoke highly of Mexico goal king Javier Hernandez, lauding the predatory finisher's professionalism: 'We help each other – he tries to make it difficult for me and I try to make it difficult for him. We always do our best and he's a player who gives his all in training.
'He is one of the most professional players I have known over the course of my career. He is truly a great player and a good friend.'
image: © James Boyes