Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has admitted he feels under severe pressure playing for the Old Trafford club, but said it only makes him strive to be better.
The Spaniard has struggled to hold down the number one spot in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, regularly seeing rival Anders Lindegaard picked ahead of him.
De Gea was forced to the sidelines earlier this month due to having wisdom teeth removed, but Lindegaard has since kept his place even though the 22-year-old returned to training last week.
The Spain Under-21 international feels that playing for the Red Devils brings a kind of pressure that cannot be replicated elsewhere, though he believes that, as well as the competition for places, will only serve to make him a better player.
“I’m at a huge club and there are big demands on you,” he told the official Manchester United website.
“As a goalkeeper I’m well aware that any mistake can be magnified by the press and the fans. That’s always the case for goalkeepers, no matter where you play.
“But it’s true that here at Manchester United there’s added pressure. It’s bigger than it was for me at Atletico Madrid and also for the Spain Under-21 team. It’s a challenge”
De Gea was joined United in the summer of 2011 for a fee in the region of £19million and was tipped to be the long-term successor to Old Trafford favourite Edwin van der Sar.
However, the former Atletico Madrid man had a difficult start to his Premier League career and came in for criticism by commenters after taking time to adapt to the rigours of the English game.