Manchester United had a disastrous 2013-14 season and have made a woeful start to the 2014-15 campaign, but one player who has escaped the criticisms is David de Gea.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper struggled in his debut season in the Premier League in 2011-12, but he is now one of the best players in the English top flight and arguably the best on-form in the United squad at the moment.
No wonder that De Gea has been called up to Spain’s squad for their friendly match against France and Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia this month.
The Spaniard was also part of La Furia Roja’s team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, thanks to a long-term injury suffered by Victor Valdes.
That De Gea has retained his place in coach Vicente del Bosque’s squad is a testament to his form and calibre, especially when one considers that high-profile players such as Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina have all been omitted.
The former Atletico Madrid star is delighted to have been called up to the Spain squad and is looking to celebrate that with a United victory over Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League later today.
United do desperately need the win at Turf Moor today, as they have picked up just one point from their first two league matches.
Louis van Gaal’s side also suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons away from home in the second round of the League Cup on Tuesday.
Failure to win today will increase the pressure on the Red Devils.