“The goalie is like jelly”
“He’s Heurelho Gomes without the shot-stopping. I can’t see what he’s got. That’s what he is.”
“How on earth could Ferguson and all his millions of goalkeeping [scouts]… is Tony Coton still there? Whoever. He’s had Alan Hodgkinson over the years. How on earth they could have watched this boy, week in week out, and then signed him for the first team. I just don’t know.”
Journalist Paddy Barclay just one of the critics of who will be regretting his choice words about the Manchester United number one David De Gea as he looks set to becoming the world's number one in the coming years.
Criticism of the Spaniard
David De Gea came to Manchester United for £18 million and even at such a tender age was placed into the starting line up as an instant replacement for the retiring Edwin Van Der Sar. He did come under an awful a lot of scrutiny for poor judgement at crosses, lack of strength and not be being able to command his box due to a language barrier. All these were astute observations but the way the British media lambasted him was disgraceful and as was evident just affected De Gea's game even further.
However, amongst some dodgy decisions were moments of brilliance which included agility, point blank saves and the turning point in De Gea's Manchester United career the amazing game against Chelsea in which he was sensational denying Chelsea certain goal scoring opportunities on numerous occasions. It should also be noted that in only his second season he won the Premier League title with Manchester United and on a personal level the Golden Glove for the Premier League.
De Gea has stated recently that he did consider leaving Manchester United because of the extreme criticism he was receiving, not from his fans, teammates or manager but from the ruthless British media, who at this time let slide the fact that Joe Hart was under-performing.
“Sometimes it was difficult when you get a lot of criticism like I did,” he admitted. “But I kept strong and I always tried to remain positive. I loved training. It was a great pleasure, so I just did my work and worked through it.
“Those early days were difficult for me and my family. But when you play for a big club like Manchester United it is normal when you don’t play well. Yes I am glad it happened in some ways because the criticism makes you stronger. A goalkeeper is a difficult position and you make mistakes. It is normal. But you have to be strong in your mind to get through it all and get better.”
De Gea has now developed the dominance to retain his number one spot as Anders Lindegaard tried to de throne him with impressive performances but Sir Alex stuck by the young Spaniard and it is certainly paying off!
David De Gea once again proved how fantastic he actually is against Everton. The Spaniard effectively won Manchester United those three vital points on Sunday to move them up to fourth in the league. Not once, not twice but thrice did De Gea defy the odds and keep Manchester United in the game when it seemed certain Everton should score. When Luke Shaw clumsily hacked down Tony Hibbert in the area every single United fan must have thought "Brilliant, 1-1 just before the break. Baines won't miss" Then for those watching at home the display of Baines' last ten penalties popped up and they were all green (indicating goals).
The expletives could be heard all over. However, there was one bearded Spanish man who ignored the statistics as he did not seem to be fazed by Leighton Baines' outstanding record of never missing a penalty in the Premier League. De Gea pulled off the vital penalty save that kept Manchester United in the lead at the end of the first half. Young full back Luke Shaw must have felt like the luckiest man in Old Trafford as he embraced De Gea at half time as if to say, "Thank you, the boss won't shout at me too much now." Shaw even continued the bromance later on twitter with De Gea. “@LukeShaw3: Wow @D_DeGea was unbelievable today! Thank you my friend for the penalty save”. This was not the end of the De Gea show.
De Gea was the man in charge on Sunday against Everton as he denied Leon Osman twice and Bryan Oviedo. De Gea who is so athletic produced save after save to deny the Merseyside force from sneaking a a 2-2 draw and possibly a win. The superlatives were just endless for David De Gea who is growing into a formidable goalkeeper for club and looking to claim the number one Spain shirt from the consistent Iker Casillas. His cat like reflexes led to special praise for new goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek. De Gea said: "Frans Hoek has helped me a lot.
"We are working on trying to start moves from the goalkeeper.
"I think I'm playing the best football of my career. Now I'm ready for everything."