Manchester United's David De Gea: "I don't want to be a hero"

David De Gea says the praise he received following his outstanding performance in Manchester United's 2-1 win against Everton earlier this month sent shivers down his spine.

The Spanish goalkeeper, who joined the Premier League giants from Atletico Madrid for £17.8 million in 2011, produced an inspired display at Old Trafford, with a penalty stop and a stunning late save preserving all three points.

In recent weeks he has earned the admiration of United goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel as well as his manager Louis van Gaal, while La Liga outfit Real Madrid have also expressed an interest in his talents. 

Nonetheless, the youngster remains very level-headed about his recent form, even going as far as admitting he is embarrassed by the plaudits he is receiving. 

“All that praise still sends shivers down my spine,” said the 23-year-old. “But I don’t want to be a hero, I want to help the team."

De Gea received high praise for his heroics in the Red Devils 2-1 win against Everton - praise that stands in stark contrast to the early days of his career with the club, when he was criticised for a poor start to life at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard also gave his views on the development of the team under Van Gaal, who has struggled for results since his summer arrival.

Having won just three league matches all season, the club occupy sixth place - 10 points off the pace of leaders Chelsea. Nonetheless, De Gea has faith in his new head coach and recognizes the improvements the Dutchman is making.

“We are finding ourselves better week by week - that’s the result of hard work. The challenge is to get back to the very top."

“It’s normal to have early difficulties when you get a new manager with a new concept. Van Gaal has always said that it will take time. But there’s no doubt about it, United have to return to the Champions League.”

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