Date: 8th April 2012 at 11:08am
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Football is a fickle game.

You can go from the headline maker to yesterday’s news in a blink of an eye, and players who are talked up are quickly brought crashing back down to earth after any indiscretion.

Case in point being David De Gea. The keeper joined United in the summer having to adapt to a new style and culture aged 20, it was inevitable there would be teething problems but the way his mistakes were blown out of proportion was ridiculous.

Labelled a flop, compared with Massimo Taibi and a frequent face on those god awful “Ten worst signings of the season” lists, you wouldn’t think this is the same keeper being fawned over by the press today.

De Gea has learned what is required of him in England and quickly made the changes needed, thus we are now seeing the quality that made Sir Alex splash £18m on him.

But whilst the press (and some fans) doubted some have always had faith in De Gea namely the man that made the decision to sign him, Sir Alex Ferguson:

“I expected him to make a contribution the minute he arrived at the club.

“Since he was a young kid, our homework on the lad has always been really positive.

“You can’t deny the performance level and ability of someone who can get into the Atletico Madrid team at 18 and win the Europa League.

“That is why we went for him.

“Even Peter Schmeichel found it difficult coming into the English game, and he was 27.

“David made mistakes but we forgive that at 21.”


2 responses to ““I expected him to make a contribution the minute he arrived at the club””

  1. Richard says:

    The lad has done terrific and deserves praise, but he will just want to win the title. Evans said that he doesn’t believe De Gea fully understood the flack he was receiving because he didn’t understand English. In reality that was probably a good thing because it allowed him to focus on improving. He is young and has had a tough first season, but he will benefit from it long-term and get better.

  2. Jephy otega says:

    Never had doubts about his potential, i always kept faith in him,i first watched him in pre-season game against barcelona there i knew he is very special,i mean not to many people beat him these days,only goals which a highly impossible to save are scored against him. Thumbs up David the fighter