Manchester United endured a disastrous 2013-14 campaign, as they failed to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
Manager David Moyes, who was eventually sacked in April, shouldered much of the blame, but the players too need to accept their roles in the Red Devils’ disappointing performances.
However, there is one United player who can hold his head high and can proudly say that he was the best at Old Trafford: David de Gea.
The 23-year-old had a disappointing 2011-12 debut season in the Premier League after joining United from Atletico Madrid, but in the past two years, he has come on in leaps and bounds and has proved his talent.
Last season, De Gea was included in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year and in 2013-14, he was honoured with both the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year and the Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year awards.
De Gea now finds himself in Spain’s 23-man World Cup squad. The former Atletico star wouldn’t probably be in coach Vicente del Bosque’s plans had outgoing Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes not been injured, but as they say, luck favours the brave.
The Spaniard seems to be relishing the chance to play in his first major international tournament. Having won the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in 2007 and the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 2011 and 2013, De Gea will be determined to do his part in Spain’s quest to retain the World Cup trophy.
The United goalkeeper will be Spain’s third-choice keeper in Brazil after Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina, but his training is in full swing, as demonstrated by the following picture he posted on social networking site Twitter.