While many saw David de Gea's performance against Real Madrid as something of a coming of age for the 22-year-old Spaniard, doubts still remain over his future.
After an £18.9 million move from Athletico Madrid to Manchester United, it is somewhat of an understatement to say expectations were extremely high of the young goalkeeper. There was added pressure on De Gea as he was brought in to replace Dutchman Edwin van der Sar, who was arguably United's best goalkeeper since club legend Peter Schmeichel.
Suffice to say, De Gea has failed to live up to many people's expectations, which has led to question marks being raised about the Spaniard's ability, despite producing some moments of sheer magic during his time at Old Trafford.
This has led to United being linked with several big name goalkeepers, including Victor Valdes, Julio Cesar and several others. But one name which keeps appearing is that of Asmir Begovic, the Stoke City goalkeeper. The Bosnian made a £3.25 million switch from cash strapped Portsmouth to Stoke City in January of 2010 and swiftly replaced Thomas Sorenson as Stoke's first choice goalkeeper.
The 2012/13 season has been the Bosnian's best to date as he has produced a number of match winning displays and has highlighted himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
He is possibly the type of goalkeeper United would need, one of calmness, self-assurance and vitally strong in the air, especially when the ball is crossed into the box. In contrast, this is De Gea's biggest weakness, his lack of confidence when trying to deal with high aerial battles creates huge moments of doubts about his ability to cope in the Premier League.
However, it can be argued Begovic doesn't have that moment-of-magic save in him. This, David de Gea certainly has.
Then, theres Anders Lindegaard, who has somewhat been assigned the permanent number two jersey by Sir Alex Ferguson and while the Dane seems to combine attributes of both of the above mentioned goalkeepers, he does so at just a fraction of their ability.
For now, De Gea has his hands on United's number one shirt, but there is no guarantee this will still be the case next season.
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