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.”