Man United’s David De Gea: Early criticism forced me to improve

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea feels his early Red Devils performances were over scrutinised

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David De Gea has made over 90 appearances for United Photo: henrikalexandersen/Flickr

David De Gea believes his recent improvement is a result of the criticism directed at the Manchester United goalkeeper when the Spaniard first moved to Old Trafford.

The 22-year-old came under-fire following a string of high-profile errors after completing a £17m switch to the reigning Premier League champions from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

However, De Gea managed to recover from a difficult start to life at the Red Devils and was voted the Premier League’s goalkeeper of the season for the 2012/13 campaign.

“I was very young and I had arrived at a new club from another country. I was learning a whole new language, I was adapting to a new style of football and new teammates,” De Gea told Inside United.

“That’s a lot to take in and it’s natural that it will take a little bit of time to settle. It wasn’t easy hearing this criticism but I tried to use it to motivate me and make me stronger.

“I think that I have improved as a goalkeeper because of it. I like to think that from bad things, you can derive good results.”

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