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David de Gea - Player of the Week

David de Gea - Player of the Week

Man Utd beat Liverpool to continue winning run

De Gea saves from Raheem Sterling.Manchester United beat Liverpool 3-0 to extend their winning run to 6 consecutive Premier League matches. The goals were scored by Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie, but they needed De Gea to make some world class saves to stop Liverpool returning home with a point or three. In the first half, De Gea made 3 saves to stop Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling and in the second half he made another 3 fantastic saves to stop Mario Balotelli scoring for the Reds. With Manchester United in winning form and De Gea saving everything, can Man Utd challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title this season?

"David De Gea had a big influence on the game - he has fantastic reactions."  Louis van Gaal, Manchester Utd manager.

Is De Gea having a good season?

Is De Gea the best Premier League goalkeeper?David de Gea was man of the match against Liverpool, making 8 important saves, and De Gea has been one of Utd's star players this season. He has made an impressive 47 saves already this season, and he has saved 71.7% of the shots he has faced, which is more than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League. He has been voted Man Utd's player of the month for both October and November and after his performance against Liverpool will probably win it for December, too! In October, he also made his competitive debut for Spain (he kept a clean sheet) and many think De Gea will replace Iker Casillas as Spain's number one goalkeeper.

"David De Gea can be United's goalkeeper for many, many years."  Peter Schmeichel, ex-Man Utd goalkeeper.

What do we know about David De Gea?

De Gea in action against Sergio Aguero.David De Gea was born in Madrid, the capital of Spain, in 1990. He joined Atletico Madrid when he was 10 years old and he progressed through Atletico's youth teams. He made his debut for Atletico when he was only 18 years old. He came on as a substitute in a Champions League game against Porto. It wasn't a happy beginning - he conceded two goals and Atletico lost the game. He made his league debut 3 days later, and after only 19 minutes he conceded a penalty, but he saved it and Atletico won the match. De Gea soon became Atletico's number one and helped Atletico win the 2010 UEFA Europa League, beating Premier League Fulham in the final. 

How has De Gea handled being Manchester United's number one?

De Gea with Man Utd teammates.In the summer of 2011, De Gea signed for Manchester United for a reported transfer fee of around £17.8 million. This was the most any Premier League club had ever paid for a goalkeeper. After a difficult first season, when he was left out by manager Alex Ferguson, De Gea has become the undisputed number one at Old Trafford. In 2012/13, he helped Manchester United to the Premier League title and in 2013/14, he was voted Man Utd's best player by his teammates and fans.

"In my eyes, he is the best goalkeeper in the world." Wayne Rooney, Manchester United captain.

Who is the best ever Man Utd goalkeeper?

De Gea celebrates against Liverpool.David de Gea is having a fantastic season between the sticks for Manchester United, but Man Utd have had some great goalkeepers in the Premier League, some are considered to be legends by the fans at Old Trafford. Who do you think was the best?

Peter Schmiechel 1991-99

Schmeichel made 393 appearances for Man Utd and won five league titles, three FA Cups and a Champions League trophy with United. He was also named UEFA goalkeeper of the year four times and Premier League Player of the season in 1995-96. He even scored for United in a UEFA Cup game in 1995! 

Fabien Barthez 2000-03 

Barthez made 139 appearances for Man Utd and won two Premier League titles with the Red Devils. He was also named in the Premier League team of the Year in 2000-01. Barthez was also a World Cup and European Championship winner with France, but this came before he arrived at Old Trafford.

Edwin van der Sar 2005-11 

Van der Sar made 266 appearances for Utd and won four Premier League titles, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup while at Old Trafford. Van der Sar and Man Utd didn't concede a league goal for 1,311 minutes in 2008-09, this is a Premier League record! 

 

 

De Gea clapping the fans after Man Utd's 3-0 win against Liverpool.

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Man Utd beat Liverpool to continue winning run

Manchester United beat Liverpool 3-0 to extend their winning run to 6 consecutive Premier League matches. The goals were scored by Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie, but they needed De Gea to make some world class saves to stop Liverpool returning home with a point or three. In the first half, De Gea made 3 saves to stop Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling and in the second half he made another 3 fantastic saves to stop Mario Balotelli scoring for the Reds. With Manchester United in winning form and De Gea saving everything, can Man Utd challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title this season?

"David De Gea had a big influence on the game - he has fantastic reactions."  Louis van Gaal, Manchester Utd manager.

Is De Gea having a good season?

David de Gea was man of the match against Liverpool, making 8 important saves, and De Gea has been one of Utd's star players this season. He has made an impressive 47 saves already this season, and he has saved 71.7% of the shots he has faced, which is more than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League. He has been voted Man Utd's player of the month for both October and November and after his performance against Liverpool will probably win it for December, too! In October, he also made his competitive debut for Spain (he kept a clean sheet) and many think De Gea will replace Iker Casillas as Spain's number one goalkeeper.

"David De Gea can be United's goalkeeper for many, many years."  Peter Schmeichel, ex-Man Utd goalkeeper.

What do we know about David De Gea?

David De Gea was born in Madrid, the capital of Spain, in 1990. He joined Atletico Madrid when he was 10 years old and he progressed through Atletico's youth teams. He made his debut for Atletico when he was only 18 years old. He came on as a substitute in a Champions League game against Porto. It wasn't a happy beginning - he conceded two goals and Atletico lost the game. He made his league debut 3 days later, and after only 19 minutes he conceded a penalty, but he saved it and Atletico won the match. De Gea soon became Atletico's number one and helped Atletico win the 2010 UEFA Europa League, beating Premier League Fulham in the final. 

How has De Gea handled being Manchester United's number one?

In the summer of 2011, De Gea signed for Manchester United for a reported transfer fee of around £17.8 million. This was the most any Premier League club had ever paid for a goalkeeper. After a difficult first season, when he was left out by manager Alex Ferguson, De Gea has become the undisputed number one at Old Trafford. In 2012/13, he helped Manchester United to the Premier League title and in 2013/14, he was voted Man Utd's best player by his teammates and fans.

"In my eyes, he is the best goalkeeper in the world." Wayne Rooney, Manchester United captain.

Who is the best ever Man Utd goalkeeper?

David de Gea is having a fantastic season between the sticks for Manchester United, but Man Utd have had some great goalkeepers in the Premier League, some are considered to be legends by the fans at Old Trafford. Who do you think was the best?

Peter Schmiechel 1991-99

Schmeichel made 393 appearances for Man Utd and won five league titles, three FA Cups and a Champions League trophy with United. He was also named UEFA goalkeeper of the year four times and Premier League Player of the season in 1995-96. He even scored for United in a UEFA Cup game in 1995! 

Fabien Barthez 2000-03 

Barthez made 139 appearances for Man Utd and won two Premier League titles with the Red Devils. He was also named in the Premier League team of the Year in 2000-01. Barthez was also a World Cup and European Championship winner with France, but this came before he arrived at Old Trafford.

Edwin van der Sar 2005-11 

Van der Sar made 266 appearances for Utd and won four Premier League titles, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup while at Old Trafford. Van der Sar and Man Utd didn't concede a league goal for 1,311 minutes in 2008-09, this is a Premier League record! 

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Did you know......?

  • David De Gea and Atletico were the first ever winners of the Europa League, before 2010 it was called the UEFA Cup. 
  • Only the Italian, Gianluigi Buffon, has moved clubs in a bigger goalkeeper transfer.
  • De Gea's girlfriend is Spanish pop star, Edurne Garcia.
  • De Gea spends a lot of time on the Playstation.
  • De Gea was a goalkeeper from the age of 7.
De Gea won the Premier League title with Man Utd in 2012-13.

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What do you think?

Is David De Gea the best goalkeeper in the Premier League? What about Courtois at Chelsea or Szczesny at Arsenal?
Who is the best Manchester United goalkeeper? Was it Edwin van der Sar or Peter Schmeichel or is David De Gea the best goalkeeper ever seen at Old Trafford? 
Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

 

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HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I think Peter Schmeicel


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HakanUslu1881
18/03/2016 18:13
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I think Peter Schmeicel

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
18/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I think the best goalkeeper in the premier league is thibaut courtuois.


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HakanUslu1881
18/03/2016 18:12
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I think the best goalkeeper in the premier league is thibaut courtuois.

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aragorn1986
02/12/2015
ME
3527
points

Courtois had great season, De Gea had great season, but Schmeichel, van der Sar, Seaman, had a great decade. Such a generation of goalkeepers that we had opportunity to watch everyday on the pitch or on the tv, we won't see again. It is hard to get close to them, even harder to achieve the same or more.


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aragorn1986
02/12/2015 18:54
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

Courtois had great season, De Gea had great season, but Schmeichel, van der Sar, Seaman, had a great decade. Such a generation of goalkeepers that we had opportunity to watch everyday on the pitch or on the tv, we won't see again. It is hard to get close to them, even harder to achieve the same or more.

nikosonris
17/11/2015
UA
2453
points

If David continues his current performance, he has all chances to become the best Manchester United goalkeeper. But he would need to score (at least once!) to reach the level of Peter Schmeichel))


nikosonris
17/11/2015 14:33
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

If David continues his current performance, he has all chances to become the best Manchester United goalkeeper. But he would need to score (at least once!) to reach the level of Peter Schmeichel))

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aragorn1986
02/11/2015
ME
3527
points

Peter Scmeichel was the best goalkeeper in the PL. At least I remember so.


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aragorn1986
02/11/2015 21:15
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

Peter Scmeichel was the best goalkeeper in the PL. At least I remember so.

Rich's picture
Rich
02/11/2015
ES
178
points

Schmeichel was great but was he better than Petr Cech? I'm not sure.


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Rich
02/11/2015 21:23
Spain
Liverpool
178

Schmeichel was great but was he better than Petr Cech? I'm not sure.

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almirpereira
25/10/2015
BR
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Wowwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!! / We're the seventh of WORLD.


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almirpereira
25/10/2015 01:04
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

Wowwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!! / We're the seventh of WORLD.

nminhkien
29/09/2015
VN
456
points

De Gea is a goalkeeper that Manchester United should keep. With his talent and great skills, I think he'll be the best Premier League Goalkeeper of the season.


nminhkien
29/09/2015 15:38
Vietnam
Manchester United
456

De Gea is a goalkeeper that Manchester United should keep. With his talent and great skills, I think he'll be the best Premier League Goalkeeper of the season.

Abdallah
29/09/2015
KW
1813
points

Really amazing goalkeeper I think he will be the first Spain's goalkeeper for many years ahead


Abdallah
29/09/2015 15:05
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

Really amazing goalkeeper I think he will be the first Spain's goalkeeper for many years ahead

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wahid
31/03/2015
BD
0
points

best gk in premier league


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wahid
31/03/2015 18:47
Bangladesh
Manchester United
0

best gk in premier league

Rich's picture
Rich
07/04/2015
ES
178
points

Definitely this season, I even think he has a chance of becoming Premier League Player of the Year.


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Rich
07/04/2015 16:46
Spain
Liverpool
178

Definitely this season, I even think he has a chance of becoming Premier League Player of the Year.

ajud
27/12/2014
SA
0
points

at this season i think DE Gea is the best goalkeeper in the premier league


ajud
27/12/2014 10:20
Saudi Arabia
Arsenal
0

at this season i think DE Gea is the best goalkeeper in the premier league

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Rich
27/12/2014
ES
178
points

I think you're right Ajud, but Courtois at Chelsea and Hart at Manchester City are also having great seasons! Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
27/12/2014 15:13
Spain
Liverpool
178

I think you're right Ajud, but Courtois at Chelsea and Hart at Manchester City are also having great seasons! Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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