David De Gea: How Sir Alex Ferguson Is Transforming Keeper into a World-Beater

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David De Gea: How Sir Alex Ferguson Is Transforming Keeper into a World-Beater
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David de Gea has certainly had a baptism of fire at Old Trafford. 

Almost from the off, he was making errors under the harsh gaze of the cameras, ready to be dissected by expert and fan alike.

Manchester United took three years in their pursuit of a goalkeeper good enough to walk in the footsteps of Edwin van der Sar and Peter Schmeichel. Not surprising really with bloopers like Massimo Taibi and Ricardo in the past.

According to rumours, the final choice came down to Manuel Neuer, Marten Stekelenburg and De Gea. That's some group. In the end, Eric Steele was certain that Sir Alex had made the right choice.

Steele, the United goalkeeping coach, had scouted across Europe and watched De Gea many times. He even started to learn Spanish so as to be able to coach the young Spaniard when he arrived.

Yes the lad was young, but there is no denying his talent. He seems to be carrying the £18 million price tag with no apparent stress. Along with Buffon, he is one of the most expensive goalkeepers in history.

More significantly, by the time he arrived, he still hadn't played for the Spanish national side, where he is probably only third- or fourth-choice keeper behind Casillas, Valdez and Reina.

However, when he signed for United, he had already played 84 top-level club games, despite being only 20. He had a total of 61 caps up to U21 level, where he has also won the European Championships. He had also won both the Europa League and the European Super Cup.

Apart from having fantastic reflexes and being a great shot-stopper, he has a good spring which, at 6'4" should give him command of every penalty area as he develops.

He is in the process of turning around his critics with a string of stunning performances, and his future prospects are mouth-watering.

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