De Gea reveals what could be key to £58.8m United duo settling in

David de Gea

David De Gea says that tManchester United's pre-season tour could help Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw settle in at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have recently made major head way in the transfer market. Last week they tied up a massive double deal to bring Luke Shaw into the club from Southampton and Ander Herrera arrived from Athletic Bilbao.

Overall the spend reached around £58.8 million in two signings who represent planning for the future from Louis van Gaal.

Shaw and Herrera are however very young and there first challenge will be settling in at one of the biggest clubs in world football.

One player who has had to do something similar in the past is the current United goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Spanish international, who won the Manchester United Player of the Year last season, arrived at the club in 2011 and was just 20-years-old upon his arrival. For someone who doesn't speak the language, and as a goalkeeper, that is indeed a very nerve racking situation to find yourself in - and of course exciting.

But despite a ropey first season at the club De Gea never felt out of place in the Old Trafford set-up - and he has revealed today the importance of the summer tours as a team-bonding exercise.

He told the official United website:

"I have a very nice memory of my first moments on tour with United. I remember vividly meeting the players and the first training sessions with them and Sir Alex. It was a truly unforgettable experience.

"The tour helps you learn to live and train with great footballers such as the ones at this club. It is such a big club and you realise how big it is when you travel abroad to countries like the United States and Japan. The club has such a huge fanbase."

United are going on tour to the USA this summer, where they will face the likes of LA Galaxy, AS Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

De Gea says the tour helped him settle at the club and it is hard to argue that De Gea is not now settled - easily the club's most consistent performer last term.

So the hope is Shaw and Herrera settle into their environments as fast as possible, and go on to be as important to the cause as De Gea has proven himself to be.

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