Spanish fan poll: 77% say this United star should be in the Spain XI

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Spanish fans participating in a poll have voted in favour of Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea starting against Macedonia.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has won the vote of the Spanish public ahead of Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia.

The 23-year-old has come on leaps and bounds since moving to the Red Devils for a British record goalkeeper transfer fee of £17.8 million.

After an excellent personal campaign last season where he was named both the Fans’ Player of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Year at Old Trafford, De Gea’s international career took off as he made his international debut in June - replacing Iker Casillas for the final seven minutes during his nation's 2-0 victory over El Salvador.

Due to the injury to Victor Valdes, a spot in Spain’s World Cup squad was vacant and boss Vicente Del Bosque opted to take De Gea over former Real Madrid shot-stopper David Lopez.

It was a decision which went down well with supporters of the Iberian outfit and De Gea’s status as Spain’s future number one has since gained momentum.

Following his full debut in the 1-0 loss against France on Thursday, Spanish publication Marca opened up a poll to the public asking whether the former Atletico Madrid man deserves to be number one – ahead of Iker Casillas – for the Euro 2016 qualifying clash against Macedonia.

In what was expected to be a close result, De Gea came out on top as a resounding 77.6% of the participants voted in his favour.

The young Spanish shot-stopper has made a total of 136 appearances in all competitions for United since joining in the summer of 2011.

During that time, he has won the Premier League title once and was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the 2012/13 campaign.

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