Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp admits he was wrong in relation to Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
The Spanish shot stopper was superb in the 2-1 win against Everton, making a number of saves which turned out to be crucial for the side as they secured an important three points.
De Gea has been one of the players to avoid criticism over the last 12 months as United have endured a dramatic transformation following the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
“Manchester United have a few things to sort out in their defence, but their goalkeeper is not one of them. David De Gea was excellent against Everton and his saves towards the end won his team the game,” wrote Redknapp for the Daily Mail.
“When I first saw him playing for United he looked six stone wet through. There was barely anything of him and I always thought he wouldn’t be strong enough to make it.”
“Teams bullied him by whipping in crosses and packing the box to make life as uncomfortable as possible. He learnt from those experiences and he has improved dramatically. Now he takes total command of his area.”
There have also been various calls from with the media from various pundits that De Gea should have been selected as United’s captain ahead of Wayne Rooney.
Even though De Gea is a ‘keeper and rooted to the back of the team, he’s the first name down on the team sheet, guaranteed of his place and he’s been over of the most consistent players since Ferguson retired.
His core strength and his physical frame have increased and he’s slowly adapted to the Premier League, where he’s continuing to learn on a weekly basis.
It’s been difficult for him this season as the defence in front of him has changed so frequently but he looks set to be the heart of a strong backline once LvG has been able to setup the defence he wants, playing them consistently.
‘Dave’ is setting the example and long may his form continue.