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David De Gea’s United History and Why He Doesn’t Deserve the Name ‘Dodgy Dave’

Much as been made recently over Manchester United’s number one shot stopper David De Gea, in light of his recent mistakes in some high profile matches.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rightly named De Gea as a starter tomorrow against Huddersfield Town. The Spanish ‘keeper for eight years has been between the sticks at Old Trafford, and although he didn’t have the best of starts while he adjusted to life in the Premier League – His talent shown through.

In his early years at Old Trafford, he struggled with the physicality of the English game, and he seemed to be a target for players from set pieces. He quickly learnt and the year after in 2012-13 he was in the Premier League team of the year.

He has gone on to feature in the team of the year a further four times (2015,’16,’17,’18). Individually he has won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the year award four times in a row from 2014-2018 in United barren spell during the post-Fergie era. As well as Man United’s player’s player of the year three times, this isn’t your normal goalkeeper we’re talking about.

Even last year he was in the FIFA FIFPro World XI and, the Premier League golden glove winner. So to suggest this ‘keeper is dodgy is very wide of the mark, every player during his career, much like teams throughout the season have a little rocky patch.

Furthermore, with De Gea being so good in the past eight years at Man United, pundits and particularly fans will be very quick to revel in the Spanish man demise.

At the age of 28, De Gea still has another 10 years in him easy, and if the last ten years is a measuring stick to go by, then this little blip will serve nothing apart from gaining experience in his career.

Solskjaer is right to back his man, he knows, like all United fans that De Gea has pulled the Red Devils out of the cow muck more times than he’s had hot dinners. Give him till the end of the season, let him have a much-needed rest in the close season and watch De Gea come back stronger and, more determined than ever.

Man United fans, what are your thoughts on De Gea

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