David de Gea has revealed his gratitude towards United for trusting in him, with the club offering him a five-year-deal and paying £18m for him when he was just 20-years-old.

“Of course, I am very grateful for the effort they made to buy me and for the support they gave me,” he said. “First Atlético, then United trusted in me. My objective is to be right up there with the best players in the world, that’s what makes me excited, and I’m doing everything I can to achieve that. I am playing at a very high level. I have had one year playing well but I’m still very young. I think that I still have a way to go before I reach the level of the best in the world.”

De Gea has acknowledge that season will be a strange one in the absence of Sir Alex Ferguson but salutes our former manager for the impact he’s had on his career so far.

“It will be very strange because Sir Alex spent 26 years at the same club, but this is football, and all eras must come to an end,” he added. “We are delighted that David Moyes is the new coach as he has the same level of enthusiasm as Sir Alex. I am very proud to have had the privilege of working with Sir Alex, it was a real pleasure. He is the best coach of all time and working with him is something I will be able to tell my children and my grandchildren about. The best advice that he gave me was to simply give my all. He told me to continue with the same mentality I have always had. I owe a lot of my capabilities as a goalkeeper to him.”