David de Gea believes Manchester United have improved since last year and says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has experienced a”massive impact” in Old Trafford.
Before being made supervisor in March, solskjaer won 14 of his 19 matches in charge, but the form of United tailed off and they ended the effort in place – 32 points behind champions Manchester City.
Despite a relatively indifferent start to this season, De Gea – who signed up Monday with a new long-term contract – says the Norwegian has the full backing of everyone in the club.
“From the minute he arrived here he demonstrated his faith in me, right from moment one,” the Spain global told United’s official website.
“I believe he had a huge impact with this group. I believe we won 10 or 11 matches on the rebound. Everyone has faith in him, that’s the thing that is most important.
“The fans are behind him and he’s a supervisor who understands the club really well and the people who work and I reckon that’s vital.
“He shows a great deal of confidence in the younger players, which will be very significant for us so he’s a really great manager.”
Last season was United defensively because the Premier League began, conceding 54 goals and keeping only seven clean sheets – 2 over simply relegated Fulham and Huddersfield.
Two of those came at Old Trafford however De Gea has equalled that tally this year with wins over Leicester and Chelsea, and he considers the progress being made is clear.
“We’ve improved a lot . We’re conceding fewer targets than last year,” he further added.
“Last year we were letting in a lot of goals, but we are defending from there that the group is improving.
“Of course, when you defend well, the staff is bound to improve. We’ve got some fantastic players and we all just have to keep on improving.
“The group is far more compact and out of this foundation I think that the team is just likely to get better, and we’ll be much more powerful and a harder group to beat.”
United continue their Premier League campaign against West Ham on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.