Edouard Mendy says Thomas Tuchel has brought a sense of ‘confidence’ back to the dressing room with his ‘expressive’ approach since taking over from Frank Lampard.
Mendy may have feared for his place as Kepa was chosen to start in successive matches against Barnsley and Newcastle.
But the Senegal international has started every game since and even appears to be enjoying life under his new manager.
‘The coach gives confidence to all the players. We know what he wants so when we are on the pitch we have to show why he has chosen us,’ Mendy said.
‘It’s very positive for all the players because he gives us a lot of confidence and we need to improve and to play great football when we are on the pitch.
‘He is very expressive. He shows when he likes something. When you did well on the pitch and every day at training and in the game he pushes you. ‘He stays positive but he also shows his determination and that is good for me and the team.’
On his fight with Kepa for the number one spot at the club, Mendy said: ‘I fight with Kepa but with Willy as well.
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‘The coach has said that he needs three strong goalkeepers. ‘We need to be ready and we have to show it to start on the pitch.’
Chelsea could close the gap on United to just three points with a win over Solskjaer’s side this weekend and Mendy believes accumulating wins will continue to raise confidence levels in the team.
‘We work for that. We work to win every game and yes we are still near the top of the league, we have a second leg against Atletico and yes we want more. To win every game. And we work for that,’ he added.
‘Manchester United is a very tough game. We remember the first game. It was very tough. This team plays very well. ‘We play at Stamford Bridge so we have to show that we want to win this game because it’s a really important game for the league.’