With talk all over the media and twitter about David De Gea and his Manchester United future, I thought I would share some of the moments of brilliance he has produced this season.
I’m not saying he is perfect, and at 22 years old still has a lot to learn but for me, there has been improvement in his weaker areas this season as well as his continued excellence at shot stopping and his distribution from feet.
Here are some of his best moments so far this season…
1. Shot stopping
Brilliant save to keep United 2-0 at going into Half Time at Stamford Bridge. v Newcastle
v Aston Villa
After getting back in the game to 2-2, De Gea kept United level with his reflex save from a powerful header 6 yards out.
With Cisse looking odds on to score, De Gea produces this amazing save to keep the ball out.
v Man City
Great first save from Tevez, outstanding second save from a point blank Silva effort.
2. Punching improvement
His much highlighted in the media weakness at dealing with the high ball has also improved this season. Here a few examples v Manchester City and Aston Villa (above).
3. With the ball at his feet
A real pro in his game is his ability with the ball at his feet. There is no crowd fear when a backpass is heading his way. He is capable of starting counter attacks with pin point passes as seen v West Ham and v West Brom (above) as well as using his feet to get out of trouble like we saw v Fulham
What the future is for this promising young Spanish keeper is anyone’s guess, but he is far from the failure many seem to want to paint him as. At 22 years old, not many of the worlds best keepers were in goal for one of the biggest clubs in the country.
Do we have time to help develop him into a world class keeper? A quick look at the table and upcoming fixtures suggests the club is doing well enough for him to be given the chance.