'This is your time' - De Gea reveals what Casillas said before national debut

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been speaking about his hopes with the Spanish national team.

Last weekend Manchester United saw off Everton in what was a closely contested fixture, with one man the undoubted hero.

While it was goals from summer signings Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao that did the business for United, despite Steven Naismith scoring for Everton, it was the goalkeeper David De Gea who came away with the plaudits.

The Spaniard, who was named the club's player of the year last season, produced some moments of goalkeeping magic at the weekend as United held off Everton for a 2-1 victory.

First of all he became the first person in Premier League history to save a Leighton Baines penalty, forcing the ball over the bar from a low drive into the right-hand corner.

Then came a tremendous reaction save from Leon Osman when one-on-one. Osman slammed the ball goalward on the half volley gut the right fist of De Gea again saved the day.

Then it was the turn of Bryan Oviedo to be denied by De Gea. Last season the Costa Rican scored the winner against United at Old Trafford - this would have been a 90th minute equaliser. His rasping half-volley from the edge of the box looked destined to nestle in the top corner, before De Gea appeared from nowhere to push his shot away.

It was one of De Gea's finest performances in the Manchester United goalmouth, and he was rightfully awarded the man-of-the-match award for earning his team three points.

De Gea is now away on international duty with Spain, one of three goalkeepers along with Iker Casillas and Kiko Casilla.

Last month he made his debut for his nation in a 1-0 defeat to France, but Spanish fans are calling on Vicente Del Bosque to consider moving De Gea between the sticks in place of Casillas - who had a woeful World Cup for his nation.

De Gea is of course pleased with his progress, but he has also been speaking about the influence players like Casillas and crocked stopper Victor Valdes have on him in an interview with ManUtd.com.

He stated:

"There had been a little bit of talk in the press about me playing in this game [v France] and to actually play was one of the best moments in my career. I want to play in more games like this for the national team – it was an unbelievable feeling. When you are in the national team you’re working with the top goalkeepers in your country – it’s great to be part of. We all try to learn from each other.

"When I played the last game Casillas talked with me before and said ‘you can do it, this is your time.’ It’s important for the young keepers when you have someone like Casillas or Victor Valdes speaking to you like this."

Spain face Slovakia this evening and De Gea will hope to play a part for his nation.

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