David De Gea faced a fair amount of criticism while trying to fill the boots of Edwin van der Sar at Manchester United.
His natural talent in terms of shot stopping is undoubtedly worthy of the number one spot, however during his first season at United a collection of weaknesses were on show.
This caused him to be the subject of debate as to whether he is worthy of the large price tag United forked out for him in 2011.
Being the last line of defence at United, De Gea was always likely to be in the spotlight.
However with his aerial ability, presence in the box, and decision making all in doubt, he found himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons which led to Anders Lindegaard being selected on several occasions.
Nevertheless Alex Ferguson’s decision to sign the Spaniard paid off last season with De Gea proving to be potentially world class.
Ferguson stated that De Gea ‘has developed and matured as the season has gone on’. This appears to be justified with his season statistics topping the likes of Joe Hart and Pepe Reina as he helped United to their 20th league title.
Making regular appearances for the Spain U21 team and producing some statistics that simply cannot be argued with, it is likely he will be one of the first names on David Moyes’ teamsheet.
The question will be asked, whether he is able to replicate such a promising season or will he fade back to what we saw in his first year?
Only time will tell.
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