Date: 19th April 2012 at 12:10am
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Talk about a rocky start at another club in football, and Manchester ’s David will be the first to share his experience.

The 21-year-old had to deal with criticism from pundits as well as fans upon his transfer from Atletico for not living up to expectations after conceding a long range goal from Edin Dzeko in his first competitive game.

Eyebrows were raised further after blunders against West Brom, FC Basel, Blackburn Rovers and , leaving many to ask whether had made the right choice for ’s replacement.

But a dramatic change in form has seen him move into that esteemed group of the Premier League’s elite goalkeepers and the Spaniard has United fans to thank.

De Gea told ManUtd.com:

“It is always a positive when the fans are behind you. It is something I can sense when I am out there on the field.

“It always helps you feel more relaxed and it is a source of extra motivation when you know the fans are right behind you and rooting for you.

“But all that aside, it is just a case of getting your head down, keep working hard and making sure you do have a continuous improvement all the time.”

De Gea also recalls the superb save at as the defining moment from his personal point of view. He said:

“When you look back over a season there are lots of defining moments and key goals. But, I suppose, from a team point of view, and particularly from a personal point of view, the fact the save (at Chelsea) was right in the last minute was decisive. Possibly it gave me a huge confidence boost as well. From a personal perspective that was important.”

About the difference between the English and Spanish league, De Gea said:

“Football-wise there are not too many differences. The style is not too dissimilar although it is maybe slightly more aggressive in this country. People are aware I have been trying to gain a little bit of weight in terms of muscle, maybe an odd kilo to bulk up a little bit. But the concentration levels are the same. You can’t let your concentration levels drop for a second. So football-wise it is not so different.”