David de Gea tweet shows Manchester United immediately switch focus

David De Gea kicking

Manchester United goalkeeper is already focusing on the upcoming FA Cup game.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has already switched his focus to the FA Cup.

The Red Devils travel to Preston North End on Monday night for the fifth round tie, and the goalkeeper has intimated they are taking it anything but lightly.

United came through 3-1 winners at Old Trafford against Burnley, but their attack struggled to click, with their goals coming via defender Chris Smalling (2) and a Robin van Persie penalty.

Wayne Rooney was wasted once again in midfield and Angel di Maria was improved but wasteful, and Radamel Falcao anonymous.

United climbed back up the Premier League table with the win, now sitting in third position after Southampton failed to beat West Ham.

Rivals Manchester City did manage to beat Stoke away from home, ensuring a five point gap remains between the two teams. Chelsea remain seven points clear at the top.

Winning the league at this point looks beyond United, which is why the club need their star players like De Gea to buy into their FA Cup challenge.

They have not won the competition since 2003/04, reaching the final only once. While big favourites to beat Preston, the hard work they made of the Cambridge United tie last round comes as a warning, while Chelsea have already been eliminated by League One opposition.

De Gea's message shows that the players are keen to put the Burnley performance behind them, a game which Louis van Gaal admitted to ManUtd.com they did not play well in, but a step forwards into the FA Cup quarter-finals next week will take them closer to Wembley, and continue their chances of ending the season on a high note.

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