Manchester United have a tradition of unsurpassed success in English football, borne out of a culture of playing an attractive, attacking game spearheaded by heroes such as George Best, Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo and, more recently, Angel Di Maria.
However, the success that has been realised could not have been achieved without the steady, omnipresence of a solid goalkeeper of the ilk of Peter Schmeichel or Edwin Van Der Sar.
De Gea plaudits
David de Gea is the current incumbent number one at Old Trafford and following his match-winning performance against Everton at the weekend, the Spanish international is gaining some justified plaudits and attention that his career u-turn at Manchester United has thoroughly deserved.
De Gea's man of the match performance essentially gave the Reds all three points in a crucial clash at Old Trafford, with three outstanding world-class saves that the Great Dane of United past would have been proud to call his own.
A fantastic piece of reaction goalkeeping saw De Gea pounce to his right with the supreme agility of a snow leopard sprawling to edge Leon Osman's driven effort wide of the mark.
This was an outstanding feat, given that the Everton man was no more than 15 yards from the United goal. This in itself was enough to get Old Trafford to its feet with chants of De Gea's name ringing loudly, but the Spaniard had already kept out Leighton Baines from the penalty spot with a one-handed save down to his right.
The best was yet to come as the Toffees piled on the pressure late on. Bryan Oviedo crashed a half volley towards the Stretford End goal that United were defending and with De Gea climbing to his feet following a goalmouth scramble, he had no time to regain his composure before he was required to flick the ball over the bar into the gasping crowd behind the goal - this was the best of the lot.
De Gea described this performance as "one of the best in my career" he threw two fists to the sky knowing the importance of the role he had played on this bright October afternoon.
With Louis van Gaal attempting to build the foundations of a title-winning side at Manchester United, there is little doubt that he possesses one of the most talented goalkeepers in world football on which to shape the foundations he requires.