Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea had a fantastic game against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Spain international saved a penalty in the first half and made a couple of truly great stops late in the match.
It was the 23-year-old’s heroics between the posts at Old Trafford that proved to be crucial in United winning their second successive league game.
De Gea’s performance has been widely hailed, and the former Atletico Madrid star has now revealed what Everton custodian Tim Howard told him after the full-time whistle.
‘Games like this helps your confidence grow’, United’s official website quotes him as saying. ‘It was probably one of my best performances for Manchester United. I was really happy about that. Tim Howard came up to me after the game and said I had played a fantastic game’.
De Gea joined United from Atletico in the summer of 2011. Then just 20, he was signed to replace the legendary Edwin van der Sar.
The Spaniard struggled in his debut season in the Premier League and made a number of high-profile errors that saw him strongly criticised.
However, De Gea bounced back in style and since the 2012-13 season has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
‘Those early days were difficult for me and my family’, reflected De Gea. ‘But when you play for a big club like Manchester United it is normal when you don't play well. I am glad it happened in some ways because the criticism makes you stronger’.
‘I think I am playing the best football of my career’, he added. ‘I have been here for three years and in the beginning it was difficult. Now I am ready for everything’.