David De Gea was in inspired form yet again for Manchester United during their 0-0 Champions League game away to Sevilla last night.
The Spain international pulled off a world-class save from striker Muriel on the stroke of half-time, that had fans and pundits once again hailing him as the world’s best goalkeeper.
However, speaking on BT Sport after the match De Gea’s former team-mate at Old Trafford, Rio Ferdinand admitted that he had serious misgivings about the 27-year-old when he initially moved to United in 2011.
“We were talking before, when he first came, even as players we were sitting there with doubts really,”
“A young kid just coming to Manchester United, and we needed to win every year.
“How were we going to do that with a young kid, who was inexperienced and looked like he was lacking confidence?
“But you look where he is today and that’s a sign of someone who has worked hard to get where he needs to get.” Ferdinand said.
De Gea struggled badly with life in England after he moved from Atletico Madrid as a 21-year-old. Back then the talented ‘keeper looked a little lightweight for the Premier League and he initially cost United some vital points, as he struggled to command his area – especially under the high ball.
Since then however, he has blossomed into United’s most consistent performers over the last five seasons or so, and is widely regarded as the Premier Leagues, and maybe the world’s best goalkeeper.