Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea believes he has ‘done more good things than bad’ during his brief time at Old Trafford, and says he can only see himself getting better as he gains more Premier League experience.
After a shaky start to life in England De Gea has demonstrated just why United boss Sir Alex Ferguson parted with a reported £17 million for his services, with the 21-year-old producing some excellent saves in recent victories over Norwich and Tottenham.
United were under-par in both games and could have dropped valuable points that would have left them with a mountain to climb in the title race with rivals Manchester City continuing to pick up wins on a regular basis.
However De Gea’s form has helped his side pick up maximum points in both games, and the Spaniard says he has been happy with his performances since he arrived from Atletico Madrid, blaming the media for his questionable reputation.
“Honestly, I think I have done more good things than bad things, but perhaps what I have done wrong has been reported on more," De Gea told AS.
"I have done very good things. I am happy with my performances to date and I am sure there is more coming.
"Of course I am self-critical. I have to be. Any footballer must learn from his mistakes to improve day after day and know what his weaknesses are."
De Gea underwent corrective eye surgery last summer to correct an issue with his long range vision, giving rise to claims that his problems in goal stemmed from that procedure.
"I do not care if my critics say that this problem affects me," he continued. "I imagine that many footballers suffer from the same problem and that is why there are contact lenses."
The Spain Under-21 international also revealed his delight at being able to train alongside veteran players such as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, while also describing Wayne Rooney as a ‘good guy’.
"Every morning when I enter the dressing room and I see [Ryan] Giggs and [Paul] Scholes is like I am dreaming," De Gea explained. "It is a huge source of pride.
"I see Giggs improve every day. I tell him: 'I am next to a football legend'.
"I am proud to play alongside them. Wayne Rooney is also a very good guy and a tremendous player.
"I have a good relationship with most of the players, but especially with those who speak Spanish: 'Chicharito' [Javier Hernandez], [Antonio] Valencia and Nani."