David de Gea has urged his teammates to deal with the aerial threat that had lead West Ham to score and bring United on the verge of being knocked out of the FA Cup.
Both the teams will play against each other tonight in a third-round replay at Old Trafford. Robin van Persie had saved his team by scoring an injury-time equaliser.
“We conceded two goals from headers in the first game and it’s a type of play that you come across in this league quite a bit,” the Spaniard told MUTV.
“But we have players at the back who are perfectly capable of dealing with the threat of big powerful strikers who like the ball in the air. We have enough nous to cope with that.
“It’s something we work on and try to come up with solutions in training.”
David de Gea also appreciated West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan’s attempt inside the penalty area during the first match. “It’s made even more difficult when you have a tall player like Nolan as well.
“But if there’s a big man next to you it almost gives you more encouragement to come out with more force and strength to take everything and come away with the ball.”
De Gea has also stressed that this Cup is very important for Manchester Unted and it should not be under-estimated.
“Whatever game you’re playing in, it gains importance when you play for this club,” he added. “This is a trophy we enter into seriously and want to win.”