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Manchester United goalkeeper still not safe

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Ever since David de Gea joined Manchester United, there has been doubts over some aspects of his game.

In his first season with the Red Devils, he came in for significant criticism after a number of high-profile errors. The first came in his debut against Manchester City, where he fumbled a long range shot from Edin Dzeko.

In fact, the Spaniard's entire debut season at United did not work out particularly well. It was clear that he lacked confidence in coming for crosses and also had a difficulty saving long range efforts.

Despite his faults, Sir Alex Ferguson - in what would be his final season in charge before retirement - stuck with the young goalkeeper. He recognised that his general shot-stopping ability was very good and he had made a number of excellent reflex saves.

De Gea cemented his first team place over the course of the 2012-13 season, fighting off a challenge from the Danish Anders Lindergaard. Ever since, De Gea has appeared far more assured between the sticks at Old Trafford. He even managed to appear as the goalkeeper in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

However, De Gea has still not silenced his doubters. With United currently sitting in 12th in the league so far, De Gea has again been exposed when attempting to come for crosses. If manager David Moyes decides that he needs a more assertive goalkeeper, he may try and make a new acquisition in January.

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic had been expected to leave Stoke City after a flurry of interest from other Premier League clubs last season. Despite the interest shown, the Bosnian has insisted that he is happy at Stoke City.

There are few other goalkeepers that United would be able to purchase without spending huge amounts of money. Whilst De Gea has improved, the feeling persists that he is still liable to make errors in potentially crucial games.

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