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De Gea targets 'historic' Manchester United spell

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De Gea was inspired against Chelsea. (©GettyImages)
De Gea was inspired against Chelsea. (©GettyImages).

David De Gea is confident he can build on Sunday's impressive performance against Chelsea and go on to enjoy years of success with Manchester United.

The Spanish stopper made outstanding saves to deny compatriot Juan Mata, midfielder Michael Essien and debutant Gary Cahill in the 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The 21-year-old has received heavy criticism for some of his performances this season though, with the microscope instantly placed on the former Atletico Madrid starlet following the move to Old Trafford.

However, the performance against the Blues is sure to serve as a massive confidence-builder for De Gea, who has already set his sights on creating history under Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I have every intention of spending many years at Manchester United," said De Gea.

"I want to go on to become a great United keeper and to earn and deserve respect. I want to help United make history."

The Spanish U21 international admits that English football's physical element is the area that sets it apart from La Liga, with a need to stay focused throughout a match the key to success in the Premier League.

"I think it is fair to say La Liga and the Premier League are the two best leagues in the world," added De Gea.

"But it's well known the style of play here is rather more physical and, as a goalkeeper, you have to be right on it. You have to be attentive all through the match.

"The players coming at you can shoot from any angle and from distance. You need to be aware you might get a shot from distance at any time. Having said that, there's a lot of crosses from the sides, a lot of high balls and aerial play.

"So you have to be able to get in there and block, interfere and stop shots being taken. I knew when I was coming to United this was the style of play. So I was pretty much ready and I was already confident."

De Gea also cited legendary Danish stopper Peter Schmeichel as a role model for every goalkeeper to try and emulate, not just those who represent the Red Devils.

"Peter Schmeichel was legendary and a role model for any keeper."

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