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David de Gea celebrating a win vs. Tottenham
After sharing time in the beginning of the season—backup Anders Lindegaard racked up eight starts—David de Gea has, for the most part, silenced his doubters.
Although he is still criticized for a lack of assertiveness on set pieces, the Spanish shot-stopper has impressed as of late with three straight solid outings. They include EPL clean sheets against Fulham and Everton, and a Champions League tie vs. Real Madrid.
Despite a strong showing in all of these games, his performance vs. Madrid stood out the most. The Spanish side dominated possession with 61 percent possession, and had 28 shots on goal— but only scored once.
Notable saves included a diving save to stop a Sami Khedira attempt, and an early touch from his fingertips to push Fabio Coentrao's shot onto the post.
With his recent string of strong performances, his confidence might finally match his talent level and lead United to glory.