Manchester United’s 21 year old Spanish Goalkeeper David De Gea has vowed to win over his critics and become a Manchester United legend, just like 1990s great Peter Schmeichel. David De Gea has come under a lot of criticism, since he joined Manchester United from Atletico Madrid for £18.3m in the summer, but he believes he has what it takes to make history at Old Trafford.
De Gea explained, "I have every intention of spending many years at Manchester United. I want to go on to become a great United keeper and to earn and deserve respect. I want to help United make history. Peter Schmeichel was legendary and a role model for any keeper. I think it is fair to say La Liga and the Premier League are the two best leagues in the world. But it's well known the style of play here is rather more physical and, as a goalkeeper, you have to be right on it. You have to be attentive all through the match.”
He added, "The players coming at you can shoot from any angle and from distance. You need to be aware you might get a shot from distance at any time. Having said that, there's a lot of crosses from the sides, a lot of high balls and aerial play. So you have to be able to get in there and block, interfere and stop shots being taken. I knew when I was coming to United this was the style of play. So I was pretty much ready and I was already confident." A lot of David De Gea mistakes have been heavily highlighted but he has shown flashes of greatness, such as his save from Juan Mata against Chelsea at the weekend.
Do you think that David De Gea has what it takes to emulate Peter Schmeichel and become one of the greatest ever keepers to play for Manchester United?