David de Gea has claimed that he reckons he can be as big a legend for this club as Edwin Van der Sar, despite his early mistakes for the club.
“Hopefully, I will equal or even surpass the performance and contribution he made to the club,” said de Gea. “Let’s face it, all goalkeepers make mistakes once in a while and none of us like it when we do. Errors happen, but I’ve gone on to be more confident in myself and I think things are going well now. I think it is fair to say La Liga and the Premier League are the two best leagues in the world and in that sense they’re very similar, they’re at a similar level. But it is well known that the style of play here is rather more physical and as a goalkeeper you’ve got to be right on it, you’ve got to be attentive all through the match. The players coming at you can shoot from any angle and they can shoot from distance – you need to be aware that you might get a shot from distance at any time. Having said that, there’s also a lot of crosses from the sides, a lot of high balls and aerial play. You’ve got to be able to get in there and block, interfere and stop shots being taken. I knew when I was coming to United that this was the style of play I was coming into, so I was pretty much ready and I was already confident when I came. I knew I’d need to train a lot, which I do, I concentrate a lot on blocking shots. As a goalkeeper I try to improve in all areas of my game. It’s varied and I want to do my best.”