David De Gea can be the greatest for Manchester United

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David De Gea with Sir Alex Ferguson
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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Manchester United – The future’s bright the futures ‘Young’

Nani, Ashley Young and Tom Cleverly celebrate

After a thrilling Community Shield comeback yesterday, Manchester United’s talented youngsters make for an exciting future at the club.

After what was, most would agree, an average season in terms of performances last season, the new term has already promised to be a vast improvement for the Reds. Although the champions won the Premier League and only lost out to Barcelona in the Champions League final last season, they often struggled with inconsistency away from Old Trafford. Sir Alex’s men had to grind out far more results than they’d have liked, often having to comeback from behind. Although some things haven’t changed, the squad has had an injection of young talent with loanees returning and three new summer signings. Four players featured for England earlier in the summer during the under-21 European Championships while also new signing David De Gea kept goal for winners Spain.

Additions

Phil Jones from Blackburn, Ashley Young from Aston Villa and with goalkeeper De Gea moving from Athletico Madrid this completes Sir Alex’s signings thus far this summer. Young, who looked as though he’d been playing for the club for years yesterday, created United’s first goal. Jones came on in the second-half and performed strongly on his début partnering fellow youngster Johnny Evans in central defence. De Gea made the mistake for Manchester City’s second goal but it looks as though the 20-year-old can make a real impact in England after admitting his games suits the English game. Danny Welbeck, Tom Clevery and Mame Biram Diouf have returned from successful loan spells in the Premier League plus with Federico Macheda returning from half a season with Sampdoria, this adds to the talented youngsters already at the club.

The squad already feels much stronger and larger than last season, even after influential departures including Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves. The midfield which was once seen to be lightweight now consists of Darren Fletcher, Antonio Valencia, Darron Gibson, Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young, Nani, Michael Carrick, Park Ji-Sung, Ryan Giggs and Anderson. Also with Wesley Sneijder recently quoted as saying “Inter need money and I’m for sale if there are clubs willing to pay the right price. I don’t know what my future is.” Could the play-maker be the finishing touch to this already strong squad.

The squad has a core of British players which is important for the development of future young talent while they also understand exactly what it takes to play in the Premier League and understand the importance of rivalries between clubs. Welbeck and Clevery both were called up to the England squad for the proposed friendly game with Holland along with team-mates Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and Rio Ferdinand which can only further their development.

So as the new season approaches Manchester United look to once again be the team to beat with smart buys and dynamic young talent which are set to thrill on the biggest stage. If the Reds can improve on there league form from last season, title number 20 will surely be another addition to the clubs already impressive honours.

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