David De Gea has proved every critic who ever doubted him wrong with recent performances for Manchester United and he’s on the verge of a very special record with the Spanish Under-21 national side.
De Gea will play in goal on Tuesday night as Spain head into the Under-21 European Championship final and if he gets through that match with a clean sheet, he would have gone the whole tournament without conceding a goal.
That should destroy the myth that he’s going to struggle next season now that Sir Alex Ferguson has retired and United’s long term goalkeeping coach Eric Steele has left the club.
De Gea is literally in the best form of his career and if he completes the record of winning that European championship without conceding a goal, it can only work wonders for his confidence.
Javier Hernandez is giving David Moyes every reason to use him as a primary striker at Old Trafford next season as he closes in on the record of becoming Mexico’s all time top scorer.
The Mexican scored in his country’s opening match against Italy at the Confederations Cup and as a goalscorer, there are few better in the Premier League at the moment.
Hernandez’s record is likely to be the more significant out of the two because of his current context at club level.
He struggles to get into the Manchester United team ahead of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, yet he’s consistent at international level.
Unless a couple of freak results happen in Mexico’s remaining matches at the Confederations Cup, he’s not going to complete that record this summer.
However, if United sell him this summer, it will look like a terrible mistake when he does complete that record because he’s only 25-years-old and unlikely to retire from international football any time soon.
Which record is more significant given the context surrounding each player?
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