It isn't totally fair to judge a player on their first season in a new country, especially when they are as young as David de Gea. 

Coming from Atletico Madrid, the Manchester United supporters were expecting great things from the youngster. 

There was a lot of pressure placed on his shoulders before he had even taken a step into the Theatre of Dreams - mainly due to his price tag and the fact he was replacing the legendary Edwin van der Sar between the sticks.

Although he made astonishing saves, his weakness remained in the air. Coming from the Spanish league where the physicality in a goalkeeper isn’t seen as an important trait, he was thrust into a league with big, physical strikers and he definitely struggled. 

His poor judgement of coming out and catching the ball or punching it instead, turned a lot of the supporters against him. The mistakes were unfortunately big ones and most of them resulted in goals. 

In fact, his shot-stopping was the only thing keeping his head above water. However, like most of the players in his squads down the years, Sir Alex Ferguson held his faith. 

De Gea was required to bulk himself up in order to deal with the physicality that the Barclays Premier League requires. That, along with the constant competition from the reliable Anders Lindegaard, De Gea has transformed into one of the best goalkeepers in the world. 

Age is definitely on his side with him only being 22 years-old. As with most goalkeepers, he will only get better with age.

With plaudits from Van der Sar himself, the confidence of the fans in the Flying Spaniard are growing with each and every performance.

With De Gea being voted as PFA Goalkeeper of the Year in the 2012/2013 season, United supporters are anticipating an even better 2013/2014 season. With plaudits coming from arguably United's best ever goalkeeper in Peter Schmeichel as well, should we expect anything less? 

 

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