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Ole: I have full faith in David

United boss salutes De Gea's strong mentality

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pic: PA

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pic: PA

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pic: PA

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his faith in David De Gea has never wavered as the goalkeeper prepares to make his 400th appearance for Manchester United.

Signed as a wiry 20-year-old from Atletico Madrid in 2011, the Spain international overcame initial struggles to establish himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in the Old Trafford giants' history.

De Gea was a fax machine error away from joining Real Madrid in 2015, but the goalkeeper is now committed to United until at least 2023 and will make his 400th outing for the club against Southampton tonight.

The 29-year-old has won United's player of the year award for four of the last six seasons but questions over his position continue, with Dean Henderson impressing on loan at Sheffield United.

Asked if he had considered dropping him or taking him out of the firing line, Solskjaer said: "It did not cross my mind for one second.

"To be a Man United goalkeeper, you have to have a strong mentality. David has a strong mentality and he has been here for so long.

"He is now going to come up to 400 games and you don't do that by being afraid of the limelight or being afraid of Old Trafford."