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De Gea: Being Dropped Helped Me

David de Gea has enjoyed some good form after getting his place in the first team back following an injury to Anders Lindegaard, who had replaced him in the starting XI.

The media became fixated with every mistake the younger keeper made, blowing them all out of proportion, but de Gea claims this only served to make him a better player.

“I did receive one or two bits of criticism at the start of the season,” said De Gea. “But it only served to make me a stronger person. It encouraged me to keep fighting and keep working hard. The important thing is not to let yourself get down because you can turn it around. Through hard work, I have waited for my chance and grabbed it. Fortunately now I am showing some good form. I hope this can continue right the way through until the end of the campaign. The time I spent on the bench helped me to reflect and think hard. It allowed me to regroup and made me more determined.”

Sir Alex Ferguson has said he wants David to put on a stone to help him bulk up to deal with the more physical aspect of the league. De Gea doesn’t think the English league is too different to Spain but claims the referees give goalies more protection in La Liga.

“The leagues are not too dissimilar in their style but English football is a little bit more physical and maybe a bit more aggressive,” he continued. “The challenges you face up to are tougher and referees let play go on more here than they do in Spain.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. FletchTHEMAN says:

    On the heals of a really depressing piece from JimWhite at the Telegraph suggesting Pogba leaving is the sign of a club in decline. (won’t bother posting that link)

    I much prefer the positive attitude of this article from….. of all places……TalkSport. You probably wont see another positive sentence penned over there for some weeks. I suggest you bomb over and see what they have to say about Sir Alex and the next run of youngsters.

    Get in Larnell Cole and Ryan Tunnicliffe
    “Sir Alex Ferguson rarely makes mistakes when he lets youngsters go so, as Paul Pogba flutters his eyelashes at Juventus and prepares to leave Old Trafford, United fans needn’t worry.”

    Spot on from TalksSport. And ya won’t hear me say it often. :cool:

  2. LoneStarRed says:


    Cheers. Excellent piece on the future of the United midfield. I guess that Fergie bloke might actually know what he is doing.

  3. Costas says:


    Johnson is a disgrace to his colour.

  4. JC says:

    Fletch – re: the free kick that Freidel tipped over, I think it has gone unsaid by many that Welbeck’s pressure was partly responsible for that result. Had he just ran off like many forwards usually do conceding that the keeper was going to field the ball then Freidel could have probably risked trying to go up and catch it but instead he put in a bit of effort, sat right in front of Bald Brad and basically forced him to take the safe tip over so as to not risk bobbling that catch.

    De Gea es en fuego!

    Btw G12 is this the week that Fagboy finally shows up down at Sir Sam Platts?

  5. It's in my blood says:


    Sorry for the delay in replying mate, got called away.
    Yeah, we’re all supposed to be meeting him at that fine establishment owned and managed by Britains oldest man, one Samuel Platt.
    You guys have obviously shut yourselves at the prospect of him arriving with his guards and have moved location, clearly petrified! Hahaha!
    Neve rmind, i doubt he got his visa sorted anyway!
    Either that or smartalex has already got to him.
    Hang on, smartalex is on the missing list…. you don’t think…..nah….

  6. Costas says:

    FannyBoy? You guys still expect him to show up? :lol:

    I saw sachu somewhere around here today, so you should ask him if he…I mean FannyBoy will show up on Sunday.

  7. It's in my blood says:


    Yes, as was John Barnes when he was playing. Still is actually.
    A lot of my black mates used to call him a bounty.

  8. WillieRedNut says:

    I think sachu kidnapped smartalex?

  9. FletchTHEMAN says:

    LoneStarRed Cheers mate.

    JC My point is made better by the video. Don’t think there is much to argue about to be fair. When keepers hold the ball, the other team gets fewer chances. DeGea doing a much better job of it over last several games. Great keeper any day made even better by good coaching and a good head.

    Never hear me say ott bad about Friedel. Just the facts that on that play, he holds on, United do not get a corner and the sides go in at HT level. Not a criticism of him, just hindsight of the play that leads to our first goal.

  10. It's in my blood says:

    Wow, what’s with the live link to Costas in my last post?
    Just cos of an @ ?
    So he’s been spotted on here today eh mate? When?

  11. Costas says:

    Did he defend Suarez in this? I remember Paul Ince having a weird stance on the Terry incident.

    Anyway mate, I don’t feel comfortable critisizing anyone on how they defend their race, but Johnson’s comments are deluded from top to bottom. Saying that Evra tricked Suarez into not shaking hands isn’t even the worst of the lot. At some point he accuses McGrath of being racist towards him!

    I’ve read a lot of misguided opinions on the Evra case, but this must be the worst one yet.

  12. Costas says:

    @It’s in my blood

    As for the link, like we say in the matrix, you just took the red pill. :D

    I believe sachu made a comment at the Pogba thread earlier today.

  13. It's in my blood says:


    Haha, Willie, alert the authorities!

  14. It's in my blood says:


    Barnes took a Johnson sorta stance on it.
    He was, from recollection often accused of selling out his own, by his own.
    Red pill haha!
    Can i have another and go on a Zibbie type trip?

  15. Dave Malaysia says:

    For a kid at his age to keep senior goalkeepers on the bench, mind u they were highly regarded

    keepers, even linked to United at some point, Thats what this kid did at Athelico Madrid.

    He played in the cauldrons of bernabue and nou camp, against messi and the lot.

    Fergie said they spotted peter chech when he was the same age but were not sure if he cud hack it,then the boy joins chelsea and the rest is history.

    This time United took a long time but finally decided David is the man for us.

    @Clint-imyourpapii at 20.19: Say dude, ehem ,cough cough, say what?

    Looks like he has had the Fergie treatment, like Vidic before him and plenty of others.

    When in doubt and getting plastered by everyone, Fergie is there with the right words and actions.

    So far mix bag but its looking better now ,keep progressing kid.

  16. WillieRedNut says:

    It’s in my blood – Or maybe Dave Malaysia has smartalex in his house? You never know….

  17. Dave Malaysia says:

    My @Clint-papii comment shud have been at the end of the page.

  18. Dave Malaysia says:

    About the ‘Pogba thread’

    @Willierednuts: Brilliant comment at @Darius C .

    @samuel – united WE stand: Brilliant posts. Logic.

    Willie , smartalex aint here , last i heard some typhoon heading for his place in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
    he must be hunkering down.


  19. WillieRedNut says:

    Dave Malaysia – No smartalex for weeks now? He’s MIA!

  20. Dave Malaysia says:

    I think he is pissed off with the sachu and all that came with it.

    Or he cud be with seal team six in the desert.

    or @MG has him .

    or @Cedars has him sunning and checking out those lebanese hotties.

  21. Utd4life says:

    Had to get off the other thread else I would have just gone on an F rant. On topic, full marks to De Gea for keeping the faith and working hard. He is not near VDS level yet but he will get there. And the lad is just 21 so he has still got his best years ahead of him.

  22. soren says:

    Ole De Gea!!! Viva Chicharito!!!! and of course Viva MG!!!

  23. JC says:

    No no Fletch I fully agree with you, I was just pointing out that Danny putting in a little extra effort to worry Freidel may have contributed to his decision to just tap it over instead of trying to make a catch. Wasn’t intending to sound argumentative was merely trying to expand on your point… :D


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