The Spaniard initially came in for heavy criticism after joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and whilst questions are still asked of him, De Gea has gone some way to silencing his critics with strong displays both domestically and in Europe.
Schmeichel set a high standard for all goalkeepers that followed after, but he has been impressed with the mental strength shown De Gea:
“I admire David.
“I cannot remember anyone coming into Manchester United and being criticised the way he was.
“He was ridiculed every day. He was the subject of every debate in the media. Yet he still went out there with a smile on his face and managed to dig himself out of it.
“Very slowly he is working his way away from what people thought of him 18 months ago.
“You haven’t seen him defend himself in the media or shifting the blame elsewhere. He just gets on with it.
“He is young. At 22 he has things to learn but, mentally, there is definitely material there.”