David De Gea made his 150th appearance for Manchester United against Aston Villa on Saturday and the increase in his importance to the team in that time has been remarkable.
Upon Peter Schmeichel leaving the club in 1999, United struggled to find a suitable replacement until Edwin van der Sar came along in 2005 but Sir Alex Ferguson had no such issues replacing the Dutchman with De Gea.
Understandably, the young Spaniard struggled to adapt to certain aspects of the English game but his shot stopping ability was never in doubt.
In his three years at the club, the 24-year-old has worked with three different coaches, Eric Steele, Chris Woods and Frans Hoek and all have had a great influence on the man who is now rated as one of the world’s best.
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De Gea impressed and his progress was evident under Ferguson but he was one of the few shining lights of David Moyes’s time in charge at the club.
Under van Gaal, the ‘keeper has stepped up yet another level and has regularly kept his team mates in games throughout the season.
Against Everton and Stoke, De Gea made superb saves in stoppage time before putting in of the finest, individual goalkeeping performances Old Trafford has ever seen. Here’s to the next 150!