Although Manchester United have endured a season of despair this year, there has been the odd positive note to celebrate as well. One of them being their previously much criticized goalkeeper David De Gea, who has had a fantastic season and has clearly improved immensely in the last 12 months or so.
When the Spaniard first arrived he seemed a timid, error-prone youngster who was too unreliable to play in such an important position for a club as big as Manchester United. Since that time, though, De Gea has grown both physically and mentally. He exhibits a lot more confidence, assurance and maturity in his play now, and he is surely one of the first names on the United team sheet.
It’s more important than ever in this era for goalkeepers to be able with the ball at their feet, and De Gea is assured and technically good in that aspect. He always was a good shot stopper and he regularly made great eye catching saves when he was at Atletico Madrid, but his overall progression since his initial troubles when he first arrived at United deserves huge credit for both De Gea himself and the United coaching staff. De Gea is, without question, one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League now, and that looked a long way away not so long ago.
Considering how much criticism he received early in his United career and the how much criticism the team has received this year, the fact that De Gea has been the one name that has hardly been mentioned is a testament to just how reliable and consistent the Spaniard has been. That is quite the opposite of how De Gea looked in previous seasons, but he has undoubtedly been a note of positivity this season in what has been a year of struggle for United.