De Gea keeps the faith

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David De Gea isn't worried by negative reports regarding his early season performances, and the Manchester United keeper says the buck stops with him to answer his critics and put things right.

The young Spaniard arrived at Old Trafford with a burgeoning reputation, and the £17million Sir Alex Ferguson paid to bring him to the Barclays Premier League, only added to the weight of expectation for a player charged with filling the void left by the retired Edwin Van Der Saar.

An error in the Community Shield against Manchester City was shortly followed by another unconvincing performance on his league debut against West Brom, and it wasn't long before the player's credentials were called into question by the baying press.

"It feels normal, when you do things wrong, even just a couple of mistakes, the press has the right to criticise," De Gea justifiably told AS. "Even more so when you're a goalkeeper as you are always in the spotlight.

"What happened is normal; it is now up to me to change those negative reports into praise.


"I am looking to improve after every practice session, every match - but mostly I keep intact my confidence in my own ability and what that can bring to the team.

"I am surrounded by good people and that means we can do great things this year. I will continue to grow as a keeper and have the confidence to be a key player."

De Gea's determination not to be put down is refreshing, a confidence and self-belief born out of being identified by what he sees as one of the greatest club's in world football.

Reflecting on his summer switch to England, the 20-year-old admitted he is still settling in to a new life and a new culture, but after overcoming the hardest hurdle, it will only get easier from here.

"It really is incredible - the club, the fans, facilities, atmosphere, everything is from another world," he continued. "You really get the feeling that you belong to a big club, and I am enjoying the experience.

"I am very happy and things are going well. Every day I integrate a bit more, after each moment, training sessions and game, I am enjoying it a lot.

"But we are talking about one of the best clubs in the world, and that always involves pressure and getting immediate results.

"It is normal that things are a bit different, I have new team-mates and football is different from Spain and I have trained just two months with the defence. Everything will get easier, I am convinced about that."

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