The Spanish shot-stopper was in excellent form for his country against Antonio Conte’s men and they could have lost by three or four goals were it not for the Spaniard in between the sticks.
Graziano Pelle admitted De Gea performed miracles in Spain’s goal and explained how difficult it is do beat the Man United man when he is on form, something he’ll be looking to carry forward into the future.
Losing is part of the sport as well as getting up after a defeat. We'll come back! pic.twitter.com/rlmt8iyLkh
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) June 28, 2016
Much of the speculation ahead of Spain’s Euro 2016 campaign was whether Iker Casillas or De Gea would be given the nod in goals as part of Vicente del Bosque’s side. Despite commanding the position for over a decade, Casillas would eventually lose out to the younger, more in-form keeper in what was considered the end of an era.
He did not concede a goal in the opening two games with Spain beating Czech Republic 1-0 and Turkey 4-0 without ever really having to lift a glove. That being said, the former Atletico Madrid player did struggled against a Croatian side who looked sharp on the counter when he let in two goals at his near post.
United’s player of the season may have had his credentials questioned but he was excellent against Italy and will surely retain his number one status for the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. He will be keen to get back to Manchester to get to work under Mourinho where the Portuguese manager is building a new team with a vastly different style to Louis van Gaal that will benefit De Gea and the defenders in front of him.