December 5th, 2013
The future of David de Gea was heavily speculated last season after the keeper made a series of high-profile mistakes after his arrival from Spain in an £ 18 million deal. This made him one of the most expensive goalkeepers in the history of football. However, he was failing to live up to the expectations in the first few months at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson even dropped him for a couple of matches in favour of the less high-profile Andreas Lindegaard. The former manager, though, eventually put the Spaniard in the first-team on a consistent basis.
It seems to have made him a consistent player and he is now regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in England. Current United manager David Moyes has said that de Gea should owe a law to Ferguson for the way he rescued his United career. Moyes has been enough of the Spaniard to suggest that his best years are yet to come. The 21-year-old has been a regular for the club this campaign. Even though United conceded two goals against Tottenham during the weekend, de Gea was at his best trying to keep a clean sheet.
“Sir Alex put in a young keeper and there were times when he made mistakes. It was incredibly brave of the manager to stick with him. But he is going to get better and better because he has come through a lot of things. Hopefully the best years are still to come,” said Moyes, who is also getting better at managing a club like United. They have gone 12 matches unbeaten in all competitions after the 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
He has kept three clean sheets in the league this campaign in what is turning out to be a transitional period for the club. United’s next match is against Everton.
October 8th, 2013
Manchester United’s summer signing Wilfried Zaha has found first-team opportunities limited at the club this season, and goalkeeper David de Gea has come to his rescue by saying that he has to be patient in order to secure first-team football at a club like United. The youngster was a £ 15 million signing from Crystal Palace last January, but he made the move to Old Trafford only in the summer. He has not played a Premier league match this campaign and he has been on the bench only three times. New manager David Moyes has resorted to using experienced players so far.
David de Gea, who himself experienced tough times after making the £ 18 million move from Atletico Madrid, has said that it would be very difficult in the initial years at Old Trafford due to the quality of the club. After struggling initially, de Gea has managed to establish himself as the number one goalkeeper at the club ahead of Andreas Lindegaard. Zaha was close to breaking into the England national team on a regular basis, but this spell of absence from first-team could mean that he may not be on the World Cup squad.
He was last signing made by Sir Alex Ferguson as the Manchester United manager before he retired to take up a position at boardroom level. De Gea is now regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in England after adapting to the unique style of play in the country. “He has areas he needs to work on but over the next three years he’ll develop into an excellent player,” said the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper.
United have had a tough start to life under Moyes, as they are currently outside the top 10 of the Premier league table. United have taken only seven points from their opening six matches.
July 10th, 2013
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has said that goalkeeper David de Gea is turning out to be one of the best in the world. The Spaniard was criticised for his poor performances after arriving in an £ 18 million deal from Atletico Madrid a few years ago. These even led to manager Sir Alex Ferguson utilising Andres Lindegaard as the main goalkeeper on several occasions. However, de Gea appears to have turned the corner with his recent performances, which have helped United win the 20th Premier league title. It also helped him being named in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s team of the year.
He has also had a very good Confederations cup as well after managing to keep a clean sheet in four out of the five matches for Spain. Spain are the favourites to win this tournament, which could help de Gea write his name in the history books as well. Mexican Javier Hernandez, who has struggled for first-team opportunities in recent times, has praised the Spaniard by saying that he should be praised a lot for turning around the corner because it is never easy once people start finding faults from an early stage.
The 22-year-old has also benefited a lot from the regular first-team opportunity according to Hernandez.
“For me he’s the best goalkeeper in the world. We all talk about development and having to go down a certain career path and, of course, at his age many people would have been scared to give him the place he’s earned for himself. But I think that this season (2012-13) he’s really benefited from being given the opportunity to play on a regular basis. He was voted the best keeper in the Premier League, so I’d say he’s doing very nicely,” said Hernandez as his assessment of the 22-year-old.