Posted on Saturday, 16th March 2013 by JayCast your minds back to a couple of months ago, after keeping United in the game at White Hart Lane, David De Gea failed to properly clear Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s cross and Clint Dempsey duly slotted home. Cue the entire British media claiming the Spanish stopper was not only out of his depth but that Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic was already on his way to Old Trafford.
Tuning into Gillette Soccer Saturday one afternoon I saw the following discussion take place: Jeff Stelling: “United fans are beginning to get on his [De Gea's] case now.” Paul Merson: “Maybe United need to look elsewhere, somebody like Shay Given.” Neither statement being even remotely accurate.
It’s this sort of nonsense the keeper has had to endure almost since the day he arrived at Old Trafford with questions not only about his ability to handle crosses but also his physique, not to mention being swapped almost regularly for the far less talented Anders Lindegaard.
Towards the end of last year’s campaign, De Gea produced so many stunning saves, it’s difficult to recall them all individually yet that seemed to be all but forgotten by most of the media. once the season started.
Talking of this season, keeping United in the game against Fulham at Old Trafford went largely unnoticed as the media – and even Sir Alex jumped on De Gea’s case for a perceived error that led to Nemanja Vidic’s own goal.
Since then De Gea has endured more criticism, more swapping with Lindegaard and more speculation about his future, yet has managed to handle it all remarkably well, producing some stunning saves and performances along the way. One factor which may have helped, is despite Stelling’s erroneous claim, United fans have lways got behind their young keeper.
The recent games against Real Madrid and Chelsea, not to mention a call up to the Spain squad have gone some way to proving that far from being almost over, David De Gea’s United career is only just getting started and the media, pundits and doubters are left looking a little red-faced.
Is there any doubt over De Gea’s ability to be United’s number one? Have the media been too harsh on him? Feel free to comment suggest and abuse below: