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How important is David De Gea to Manchester United?

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been in outstanding form so far this campaign and in some games has won his side either a share of the spoils or all three points.

The Spanish international has featured in all 16 of United’s Premier League games this term and has had five clean sheets so far. His performance in the game against Liverpool on Sunday was one of his best ever and was one of many solid displays so far this season.

David De Gea’s memorable performances already this season:

Manchester United 2-1 Everton (05/10/14): Saved a Leighton Baines penalty when United were 1-0 up. Everton scored shortly after, which would have put them 2-1 up had De Gea not stopped the penalty.

Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (26/10/14): Premier League leaders, Chelsea, were held in this tight affair between the sides. De Gea put in a solid performance including a wonderful save from Eden Hazard, reading the Belgian star’s intentions and keeping United in the game. They went on to equalise with practically the last kick.

Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace (08/11/14): United took until the 67th minute to make the breakthrough in this game and had central defender Chris Smalling sent off. De Gea snuffed out any opportunities Palace had on goal and although they failed to register any shots on target the Spaniard kept a clean sheet.

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United (22/11/14): The home side had been throwing everything they had at United in this tie. De Gea kept the score level until United took advantage of Arsenal’s pressing and scored on the counter attack. The Gunners had six shots on target and 11 corners. De Gea conceded an unstoppable drive late on from Olivier Giroud but that wasn’t enough for Arsenal and the Spaniard was lauded for his performance.

Manchester United 2-1 Stoke City (02/12/14): United played this game with a makeshift defence that saw Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia used as fullbacks. After going ahead in the first-half, Stoke equalised before half time. De Gea then went on to stop the Potters finding the net again before United regained the lead and held out for a nervy 2-1 victory.

Southampton 1-2 Manchester United (08/12/14): De Gea made a whole host of good saves in this game, keeping the game level after Southampton cancelled out United’s early strike. They took the lead with around 20 minutes to go, and held out for the victory at St Mary’s, which had proved to be a difficult place to visit.

Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool (14/12/14): It’s not often a keeper is man of the match when his side wins 3-0. De Gea made two spectacular saves from Raheem Sterling in the first and second half of the game. He then denied Mario Balotelli on more than one occasion from close range. He commanded his penalty area very well and claimed crosses to put his defence at ease. Without his top drawer performance this game could have seen a very different score-line.

De Gea has started this season like a man looking to impress. Having already played in front of fellow Spanish ‘keeper Iker Casillas in the national side, it is not surprising he has been linked with a big move away from United to the Spanish giants Real Madrid.

After a slightly unsteady start to his career in England, the 24-year-old is justifying why United signed him and is proving he is one of the best ‘keepers around. Not just in the Premier League, but across Europe.

Would Manchester United be third in the Premier League without David De Gea this season?

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About Lewis Addley (582 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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