“It’s very good to have the support of the fans, so I’m happy to win this award. can hear the supporters during the games so I know they’re singing about me. I’m very grateful for that.” De Gea on Player of the Month Award
David de Gea has had his fair share of troubles in his first two seasons at Manchester United but after making 14 consecutive appearances in goal, his teething period seems behind him.
He is now one of the most confident players at Manchester United after being officially named the February Player of the Month following a string of fine performances including a “coming of age” showcase in the Santiago Bernabeu – and it is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed at United.
Chris Smalling feels that De Gea is now “at home” at Old Trafford and that the best is yet to come from the Spaniard.
“When he first joined, he didn’t speak too much English so it was a hard transition but he has taken to it like anything,” he said.
“In the last few months he has kept us in the game in a lot of games and made four or five good saves. He’s young as well, so it’s looking good for the future.
“He’s feeling a lot better. You can see him around the training ground now; he seems at home.”
Fans have certainly been publicly backing De Gea a lot more recently and he is growing with confidence the more games he plays.
Behind a resurgent defence, De Gea is more vocal with his team mates and more commanding in the box. He isn’t afraid to throw himself in to get the ball or stop a shot by any means necessary.
As Smalling says, it was a very hard transition for him to make coming to Manchester United but less than two years into it, we are already starting to really see the fruits of a £17 million transfer fee.
Given that he is only 22 years old and the only goalkeepers in recent history who were established at a top club at that age were Casillas and Buffon, I’d say he is doing more than well for himself.