Edwin van der Sar left large boots to fill in goal for Manchester United, but summer signing David De Gea looks like becoming the long term replacement for the Reds.
After a shaky start, it seems the talented youngster has now settled to life at Old Trafford. The Premier League champion’s most expensive summer signing has shown real character by over coming his opening two game mistakes. De Gea acknowledged his mistakes and has shown a desire to improve further. After his debut in the Community Shield win over Manchester City he said: “No, football is football here and in any country. I have to adapt quickly and improve on the whole of my game.”
The Spaniard may still be young but has a wealth of experience after winning the UEFA Europa League, Super Cup and European under 21 Championships earlier this year. The clean sheet at home to Tottenham and having saved a Robin van Persie penalty in United’s 8-2 victory over Arsenal, will have given the United goalkeeper the major boost needed to get his Old Trafford career firmly on track.
As I spoke about in a previous post I’m very optimistic about the young talent Sir Alex Ferguson has brought in over the transfer window but for me De Gea seems to have been the most important addition. The goalkeeper position was a real problem after Peter Schmeichel moved on in 1999 but eventual long term replacement van der Sar was instrumental in nets for six seasons. The £18 million man seems to be a quick and ideal long term replacement. Also the fact he’s young means he’s a great investment in comparison to buying a 30 year old with a similar price tag. The 20 year old become the second most expensive keeper behind Gianluigi Buffon, who cost Juventus £32.6m in 2001.
Although it maybe premature to say the Spainnish under 21 international will be the long term number one at Old Trafford, from the little we’ve seen of him and the ability he has there is every chance he will be. The 20 year old is clearly ready to claim the long term number one shirt, I can only see the former Athletico Madrid star gaining in confidence and stature for many years to come at the Theatre of Dreams.
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