David De Gea has been under massive pressure this season with plenty of people willing to jump on every single mistake he makes and call for his head.
The fact is he’s going to make errors because he’s still a very young man with a lot to learn and the fact he’s a goalkeeper just means his mistakes are going to be magnified upon because they quite often cause points to be lost.
However, he has come on massively as a number one this season and there are several reasons why he deserves to be player of the year at Old Trafford, ahead of Robin Van Persie.
He has a brilliant ability to improvise and make a save, which has kept his team in tight games and is the reason they are still in the FA Cup, having hung on for a replay against Chelsea.
This ability to make stops in sudden death situations, allows his defence the freedom to go and take a risk because they know that in a one on one situation, De Gea is very difficult to beat.
He also seems to have a better command over his back four this season, which proves he’s been working on his English and communication skills.
He shows maturity beyond his years in this regard because he doesn’t allow the defence to make basic tactical errors, such as dropping too deep and right on top of him or leaving a mass of space between each position.
He’s also shown this season that he’s able to distribute the ball superbly. He can often pick out a player in the opponent’s half and hit them with a drop kick or a goal kick, which is remarkable considering how difficult that is for average midfield players.
It gives United a better chance of exploiting their opponents on counter attacks and is an example of his forward thinking game, which isn’t purely related to keep the ball out of the net.
He does still have areas he can work on. He’s still not as good as United would like in terms of commanding his area; coming for crosses, punching and catching to take the pressure off of the defence.
However, that is something that will comes as he gets more experience in the United first team and the English game. He’s possibly the best ‘keeper in the country at the moment which makes suggestions that United will sell him, frankly, laughable.
United fans, your player of the year?
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