One of the biggest plusses for United last season was the emergence of David De Gea as the Premier League’s top goalkeeper, as the young Spanish stopper played a big part in title number 20.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for De Gea, there were one or two ropey moments that were blown out of proportion by both the media and even Sir Alex at one point, but in the end United’s number one proved his doubters wrong.
In a recent interview De Gea revealed how he adapted to life in the Premier League and was so impressive he was voted in the Premier League team of the season.
“I knew I had to become bigger physically. You can see I look different to when I first came here I have much more muscle. I have worked hard in the gym lifting heavy weights and doing a lot of exercises.
“It was a very intense regime. I changed my diet as well and now I eat an awful lot more than I used to when I came here to build myself up for the physical challenges of the English game.”
“In training the players would deliberately hit high balls into me and barge into me so I would get used to that side of the English game.”
“I do not think people appreciate just how hard it was for me coming to a new country at that age and a different type of football. My immediate family came over with me from the start but I missed my friends back home.”
De Gea obviously has an important part to play this season, but if he recreates the form of the last campaign, he could be the difference between success and disappointment for David Moyes.