Manchester United star has potential to emulate legend

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea struggled to adapt to life at Old Trafford when he first arrived at the club.

However, back then, he was a naive 20-year-old and probably wasn't ready for what was about to hit him. In La Liga, at Atletico Madrid, the young Spaniard had excelled, impressing a number of Europe's elite clubs. However, upon his arrival at Old Trafford, the pressure on the shoulders of the keeper suddenly stepped up a number of levels. De Gea was no longer in his comfort zone, but instead thrown into the deep end in the Premier League. 

As a goalkeeper, there's no time to settle into your new surroundings. There's even less time when you become the No.1 keeper of Manchester United. And, with the spotlight firmly on him, he struggled in his opening season at the Red Devils. As he tried to get used to the Premier League and the new challenges that were thrown his way, he made mistakes and was crucified as he did so.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson stuck by him and so did the Manchester United faithful. Making the occasional world-class save, the potential was clearly there. And, last season, De Gea proved why he's tipped to become one of the world's best. The young Spaniard put in a number of outstanding performances as Sir Alex Ferguson's side went onto win the Premier League title. An unbelievable save from a Juan Mata free-kick in United's 3-3 draw with Chelsea may well have been the turning point.

De Gea hasn't looked back since and has gone from strength-to-strength. This season, now under David Moyes, De Gea has starred as the No.1 at the Theatre of Dreams once again.
The Spaniard may well have already made the save of this season after his incredible reflexes saw him tip Sunderland's Emanuele Giaccherini's header round the post.

That save came at a crucial moment in United's season, too. At the time, Moyes' side were a goal down at the Stadium of Light and De Gea kept his side in it. De Gea's save was reminiscent of a Peter Schmeichel type save and De Gea has all the qualities to live up to the 'Great Dane's' billing.

In every game he plays, he seems to build confidence. He's now breathing down the necks of his defenders and shouting words of advice to them. In his first season it was the other way round. He's stood up to his challenges and come out the other side stronger.

He's already shown that he has the character to take on the most toughest of challenges and now he must stick with United and Moyes and become the next legendary goalkeeper at Old Trafford.

He can emulate the likes of Schemichal and Edwin van der Sar and comfortably create his own legacy at Manchester United. Over to you, David.

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