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Schmeichel: I Admire De Gea

David de Gea was put under a ridiculous amount of pressure last season when replacing our experienced former keeper, Edwin Van der Sar.

Whilst he did make some costly mistakes, he was a target for the media, whilst other keepers’ mistakes were ignored. Joe Hart has made some dreadful mistakes for City this season but some sections of the media would still tell you he’s one of the best keepers in the world. Pepe Reina played like he had grease on his gloves last season but no fuss was made of it.

Former Manchester United goalie, Peter Schmeichel, has spoken of his admiration of De Gea.

“I admire David,” said Schmeichel. “I cannot remember anyone coming into Manchester United and being criticised the way he was. He was ridiculed every day. He was the subject of every debate in the media. Yet he still went out there with a smile on his face and managed to dig himself out of it. Very slowly he is working his way away from what people thought of him 18 months ago. You haven’t seen him defend himself in the media or shifting the blame elsewhere. He just gets on with it. He is young. At 22 he has things to learn but, mentally, there is definitely material there.”

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  1. Alex says:

    I would be pretty damn good if he would have the chance to mature on the field, not in the stands.

  2. Mitch Kramer says:

    well deserved praise

  3. hesselbom says:

    Please Fergie, keep him as first choice! It will only do him good and he has the potential to be the best in the world if only we show we have confidence in him!

  4. howie says:

    Actually, my opinion differs from you hesselborn. Please Fergie, keep rotating him if he’s on a low. Keep him on his toes and out of his comfort zone, but give him chances to come back. So one day he may grow to be the best in the world.

  5. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    Between Anders and DDG I’d definitely go for De Gea. I think he’s shown a lot more and deserves to be number 1 week in week out. That’s where he really developed and his confidence will grow. If you make a mistake and can play the next week then you can get over it. If you make a mistake and you’re dropped you’re stewing over that mistake for weeks and that erodes confidence,
    A solid back 4 starts with having confidence in the same keeper every game and we need to do this.

  6. FletchTHEMAN says:

    A solid back 4 starts with a group that you can actually name from week to week.

    Part of the incredible pressure on our 2 young keepers is that you couldn’t guess who would be in front of them week to week.

    Think the entire squad deserves heaps of praise for being first to 30 points given the insanity of our defensive injuries. When was the last season we were 13 games in and you had no idea who your 2 CBs were going to be in the next match. Oh wait …. that would be last season. ;)

    Sort it out Fergie. We need 1-2 more defenders. Vidic may never come back. Baines would be fine as well (if talk is believed) but then we need a proven CB. At a minimum of Wes Brown/O’Shea quality.

  7. parryheid says:

    Easy enough to assess who is better than who,how many league starts has each had this season and what’s the goals against each.

  8. wayne says:

    parry would also have to take into account level of opposition,shots faced etc
    I’ve been a critic of DDG’s timidness and his obvious problems in dealing with crosses,last couple of games is getting better with these issues,once he has this problem under wraps no question he’s a better shot stopper and his distribution is also superior

  9. fergie is the boss says:

    DDG is getting better better, the guy is tough has nails. He is 21, comes to a foreign country like england, settles into a cold city like Manchester, been asked to completely take VDS’s mantle from day one, and now he is still got that mentality to handle all that. He has completely taken that no1 spot by the balls now. For me, he is a top 5 keeper in Europe, and in a few years time he will be perhaps the best keeper in the world, as he has all the tools to be that guy. Brilliant keeper

  10. samuel - united WE stand says:

    He’s a step or two ahead of lindegaard who’s solid but hasn’t got the potential of de gea

  11. evisu says:

    This is why De Gea should be 1st choice period. Give him a regular run and he will only grow, he gets better after every game.

  12. Proverb says:

    NOVEMBER 27, 2012 AT 16:41
    evisu says:
    “This is why De Gea should be 1st choice period.
    Give him a regular run and he will only grow, he
    gets better after every game.”

    Totally agree with ya there mate, david has all the requisites to go on and become an outstanding keeper
    Fucking love the kid, he just gets on his business nothing less
    The ABU’s may screw themselves they’re such unavoidable fleas fucking intended for the red side of manchester

  13. King Eric says:

    Would love to see De Gea being interviewed, never heard one yet. Oh just the one in Spanish when he signed. He has shown great strength to ignore all the fucking cunts in the press who picked up on any little error. Fair play to him. Also good to see him celebrating whenever we score, whether playing or on the bench.

  14. United Till I Die says:

    De Gea has got the bottle for the job, you’ve only have to look at older keepers who come to England and crack up under less pressure. He’s still learning the English game don’t forget, but that hasn’t stopped him putting in top performances in big matches already. We’ve got two good keepers at the end of the day and we need them both.

  15. Zemmamma777 says:

    When I heard the initial rumours that SAF was scouting him, I checked out one of those good old compilations on Youtube. I was extremely impressed by what I saw in terms of his shot-stopping, particularly some of the saves he was pulling off against the likes of Barcelona, Real, Inter, etc. and I was suddenly hoping that Fergie wasn’t going to get beaten to this player. Thankfully his signing was announced that summer. Bar the shaky start of his career vs Shitty, I’ve always been a constant fan and supporter of his. I always knew it was going to be a huge task to fill the void left by VDS, and that there was pressure to not become the next Taibi, Barthez, Carroll. This kid has kept himself grounded, modest, and has just got on with business, and has since gone from strength to strength. My view of Lindegaard is very much reflected by some of the general comments made about him: “steady, but unspectacular”. He’s a great keeper, no doubt about that, it’s just he’s a lot of talk without the star quality that De Gea has. I’ve found that he doesn’t have near the reflexes, agility, and acrobatic ability that De Gea possesses, and I’ve always found his distribution detrimental to United’s cause. A great example of the kind of distribution a United keeper should have was exemplified by VDS two seasons ago, when he quickly bombed that free kick upfield to Rooney, who duly netted it. I remember De Gea almost setting Chicha up in much the same manner and his distribution has almost always been scarily accurate, and I’ve always found Lindegaard’s wanting…

  16. LoneStarRed says:

    @ Zemmamma777

    Well said. DDG has got on with the program. LLoris the drama queen could take some lessons from DDG.


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