De Gea endured a shaky start to life at Old Trafford and was the subject of mass criticism amongst fans in and out of the club, but has gradually evolved into one of the world’s best goalkeepers over his seven-year stint in Manchester.
Over those seven seasons as Edwin van der Sar’s replacement no. 1, De Gea has won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award at United in three consecutive years – 2014, 2015 and 2016 – and his streak was ended by Herrera last term.
For a feature all around David de Gea‘s rise in England, Herrera told the Daily Mail: “David has something special. He was born with a gift. There are times in training when I shoot and in my head I’m saying ‘Gol!’ like the Spanish commentators, then this cat-like hand emerges from nowhere and claws it away. I shake my head, laugh and enjoy him.”
He added: “He’s made saves in games where I’ve stopped in my tracks and just said to myself: ‘How good is this guy?'”
It’s no secret that De Gea has turned into a fan favourite at Manchester United and is recognised for his ridiculous reflex saves. Herrera has joked about how calm his teammate is over what he can do in goal, explaining: “He will make a save and everyone’s singing his name, the TV’s showing six replays, Twitter’s going mad, and he gets up as if it is the easiest thing in the world.”