De Gea: These are the two areas I have improved in

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Manchester United's David De Gea has identified two areas of improvement in his game over the past 12 months.

Manchester United's David De Gea believes that he has improved in two key areas during the past season. 

The Red Devils 'keeper has become one of the most admired stoppers in England because of his form for a sustained period of time and he feels that he has developed over the past year.

The 24-year-old says that he has progressed by staying more focused during matches and more aware tactically. 

"I’d say my all-round performance has improved, but especially my concentration and being more tactically aware," he told Manchester United's official site in a question and answer session. "I’ve really focused on my work in training to make sure I can produce the performances that are needed on the pitch."

"As a Manchester United player, you never stop learning and improving and you always have to strive to keep doing better."

De Gea won the club's player of the season award last season and he is already looking like he could retain his trophy this time around. 

It has been a dramatic turnaround by a custodian who came under a lot of pressure during his initial time in England.

After a transfer from Atletico Madrid many felt that he looked an area of weakness in United's side, but he has answered his critics and is arguably the finest number one in the Premier League currently. 

So far this season, De Gea has been worked more often than he would have expected due to the porous nature of United's defence.

The Red Devils back-four still needs to improve considerably if United are to make it into the top-four, but, with an ever improving De Gea behind them, Louis van Gaal should at least have confidence that he has a solid foundation to build his defence upon. 

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