On the 29th June 2011, a skinny, scrawny goalkeeper by the name of David de Gea was announced as Manchester United's newest acquisition.
Hardly boasting a physique that would instil fear in opposition attacks, he stepped into the Theatre of Dreams charged with making the no.1 spot at United his own in the wake of Edwin van der Sar's departure.
At the start of his career he seemed to struggle to adapt, making several high-profile mistakes in the process but now, standing much more muscular and domineering, he is regarded as one of the top stoppers in the Premier League.
Goalkeepers, fragile beings as they are, are usually only spoken about in the media in negative terms, and perhaps the 22-year old's best compliment is now he can get on with his job without constant scrutiny from the outside. He seems to have put his worst days behind him.
It is testament to the progress that he is made that there are now very few, if any, dissenting voices on his ability as a goalkeeper, be it from the media in this country or the harsh press in his native Spain.
His age means that he could realistically be at the club for another 10 years, and who's to say that during that time he can't reach the heights set by Peter Schmeichel, who is seen by many as the club's greatest ever goalkeeper.
Of course he has a long way to go before he gets anywhere near the great Dane, but he possess attributes that give him the best possible platform to be a world-class stopper.
His distribution is also one of his best qualities. Few goalkeepers on the planet pick out a member of their own team from a goal-kick with such ease and such consistency.
Very rarely does he launch the ball 80 yards forward aimlessly. He is the starting point for United to launch an assault on the opposition goal, and he knows it, so he carefully looks to get the move going with a passing range many midfielders would love to have.
His reflexes too are outstanding. The amount of times he saved United with seemingly impossible close-range efforts that would result in most 'keepers picking the ball out of the back of their own net, is astounding.
United have, in the past, been guilty of taking a chance with average 'keepers (Mark Bosnich, anyone?) but now they finally have a no.1 worthy of the jersey.
The struggle to find a settled goalkeeper at Old Trafford is now over.
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