Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has opened up on his comeback from the ‘difficult situations’ he has encountered during his time in English football.
De Gea moved to Manchester United back in 2011 as a fresh-faced, light-framed 20-year-old, being handed the number one spot following the departure of Edwin van der Sar.
The Spaniard initially struggled to deal with the physical nature of the English game, before ultimately developing into one of the most highly regarded ‘keepers in world football.
His form took a huge dip last season, however, culminating in Roy Keane’s now-infamous rant about his error-strewn performance against Spurs in June, while he had another shocker in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.
De Gea’s form once again improved amid competition for the gloves from Dean Henderson, and the 30-year-old has opened up on bouncing back from the ‘difficult’ moments in his career.
“I think you learn from your mistakes, you start to mature and life throws up difficult situations,” he told the ‘Inside United’ magazine. “And, of course, you learn from them, from the bad times especially, and I think that’s life, isn’t it?
“I’ve learnt lots of things, it’s difficult to pick out just one. It’s difficult to say but you learn, particularly that times can be tough, you can have difficult periods, especially in this world. There are lots of people who will slate you.
“You’ll get it from all sides but it’s about believing in yourself, having confidence in what you can do to keep on going and give 100 per cent in every training session, every game, and know that life goes on. You have to show up each day to improve and be happy, which is the most important thing.
“I’m obviously the same person but with more experience, I’ve gone through more things and I’m much more experienced in everything.”
De Gea has won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League during his nine-and a-bit seasons at Old Trafford, though he is looking forward to ‘many more years’ at the club.
“The years have gone by,” he said. “There have been good times and bad times but I’m doing well now,
“I’m really content with everything I have and all that I have achieved and I’m looking forward to the future, which will hopefully bring many more years. Being at a club like this and at this level for so many years, isn’t easy so I’m proud of that and bring on some more!”