David de Gea

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David de Gea
David de Gea at the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship - 20110622.jpg
De Gea with Spain under-21s in 2011
Personal information
Full name David de Gea Quintana[1]
Date of birth (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 1
Youth career
2001–2008 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Atlético Madrid B 35 (0)
2009–2011 Atlético Madrid 57 (0)
2011– Manchester United 88 (0)
National team
2004 Spain U15 12 (0)
2007 Spain U17 15 (0)
2007–2009 Spain U19 15 (0)
2009 Spain U20 1 (0)
2009–2013 Spain U21 27 (0)
2012 Spain U23 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:05, 27 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

David de Gea Quintana (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ðe ˈxea kinˈtana]; born 7 November 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for English club Manchester United as a goalkeeper. Born in Madrid, he started his career aged 10 with Atlético Madrid and rose through the academy system at the club before making his senior debut in 2009. After being made Atlético's first-choice goalkeeper, he helped the team win both the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup, and his performances attracted the attention of Manchester United, whom he joined in June 2011. He was also the captain for the Spain under-21 national side.

Club career[edit]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

De Gea playing for Atlético Madrid in 2010

Born in Madrid, De Gea joined Atlético Madrid at the age of 10, and made his way up through the youth ranks at the club. He spent his second season for Atlético Madrid B in Segunda División B. With first-choice goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo away on international duty at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, De Gea was called up to the senior side as cover for Roberto. He made his debut for the Atlético first-team at the age of 18 on 30 September 2009, coming on as a substitute after Roberto was injured after 27 minutes of Atlético's UEFA Champions League Group Stage match away to FC Porto; De Gea conceded two late goals as Atlético lost 2–0.[3]

Roberto's injury meant that De Gea was given his La Liga debut three days later, at home to Real Zaragoza; he gave away a penalty kick in the 19th minute, but immediately redeemed himself by saving Marko Babić's attempt in an eventual 2–1 win.[3] After some costly mistakes by Asenjo, and the arrival of Quique Flores as manager, De Gea finished the 2009–10 season as the starting "number one". He won two man of the match awards along the way,[4] against Athletic Bilbao and Valencia CF. Additionally, he appeared in eight games in the club's victorious UEFA Europa League campaign, including the 2–1 final win against Fulham.[5]

De Gea started 2010–11 in impressive fashion, helping Atlético win the season's UEFA Super Cup. In the 90th minute of the 2–0 win against Internazionale, he saved a Diego Milito penalty kick.[6] He remained the undisputed starting goalkeeper for the remainder of the season, going on to play in every La Liga game for the team en route to a seventh place finish.

Manchester United[edit]

2011–12 season[edit]

The first half of 2011 saw a great deal of speculation regarding how Manchester United would replace their retiring goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, and much attention focused on De Gea, among others.[7] After Gary Neville's testimonial against Juventus on 24 May, United manager Alex Ferguson claimed that a deal had been done to bring De Gea to Old Trafford, but this was later denied by De Gea's representatives and the Atlético management, with De Gea stating that he would not consider his future until after the UEFA Under-21 Championship.[8] Following Spain's victory in the tournament, De Gea was spotted in Manchester undergoing a medical with United on 27 June.[9] The next day, he reported that United were making him a contract offer, and the transfer was confirmed on 29 June for a British record fee for a goalkeeper of around £17.8 million.[10]

De Gea playing for Manchester United in 2012

De Gea made his first appearance for Manchester United in a 3–1 friendly win over Chicago Fire on 23 July 2011. He made his competitive debut for United against Manchester City in the Community Shield on 7 August. Despite being caught out in the first half by a header from Joleon Lescott and a long range Edin Džeko strike that put City into a 2–0 lead, United rallied in the second half and won 3–2.[11] De Gea made his league debut for Manchester United against West Bromwich Albion a week later, where he failed to stop a "tame" Shane Long goal during a 2–1 United victory.[12] De Gea kept his first clean sheet for United on his Old Trafford debut, their following league fixture against Tottenham Hotspur. He made a few impressive saves and his side ran out 3–0 winners.[13] In the following game, six days later, De Gea saved a penalty from Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, which would have cancelled out United's 1–0 lead. He made further saves to deny Van Persie and Andrei Arshavin as United thumped Arsenal 8–2.[14] On 18 September, Manchester United beat Chelsea 3–1 at Old Trafford, with De Gea making a string of impressive saves, particularly from Ramires — when the midfielder had an empty net to side-foot home, De Gea quickly got across to smother the ball away. De Gea's rapid improvement continued in his next game, as he made two stunning saves to help his side to a 1–1 draw away at Stoke City.[15]

De Gea made his first ever UEFA Champions League start against FC Basel at Old Trafford on 27 September 2011. The match ended in a 3–3 draw. On 23 October 2011, De Gea was in goal as Manchester United suffered their worst home defeat since 1955 with a 6–1 loss against cross-town rivals Manchester City.[16] In January 2012, De Gea was confirmed as hyperopic, although this is not thought to have affected his performances for United. It has been reported that he had corrective eye surgery in the summer of 2012.[17][18] De Gea was in goal during the league defeat to Blackburn Rovers and was blamed by most media for failing to deal with an aerial ball which led to the concession of the third goal in a 3–2 defeat. After this game, De Gea was dropped and replaced by United's second-choice keeper, Anders Lindegaard. An injury to Lindegaard, however, saw De Gea return to the starting lineup again, where his performances garnered him acclaim in the media. De Gea put in his best performance[unbalanced opinion] in a United shirt to date in the 3–2 loss to Athletic Bilbao at Old Trafford. De Gea also criticised the team's defence that night, accusing them of "falling asleep". De Gea finished the season with the best saves-to-shots ratio in the Premier League, with 77.9%.[19]

2012–13 season[edit]

Due to his involvement in the 2012 Olympics, De Gea missed Manchester United's pre-season tour, but nevertheless returned to the starting line-up for the opening game of the season against Everton. Despite some "outstanding" saves from De Gea, United lost 1–0.[20] In the next game, a 3–2 win at home to Fulham, he made some noteworthy saves from Mladen Petrić, Mousa Dembélé, and Bryan Ruiz; in attempting to claim a cross from Matthew Briggs, however, he stranded himself as Nemanja Vidić acrobatically back-heeled the ball into his own net for Fulham's second goal.[21]

Days before 9 December 2012, where Manchester United was scheduled to play against Manchester City, former United goalkeeper Alex Stepney stated that he believes that David de Gea is showing more potential than Anders Lindegaard, who "lacked authority on occasion".[22] This was shown on 9 December, where against City, De Gea made brilliant back-to-back saves on Carlos Tévez and David Silva efforts and helped United to a 2-3 win at Etihad Stadium.[23]

In the next game, against Sunderland at Old Trafford, De Gea played well.[24] In this game, one of the key saves he produced was an important double-save after half-time from Craig Gardner and Stéphane Sessègnon's follow-up.[25] United won 3–1. On 13 February, De Gea made several saves to help United to a 1–1 draw against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu in the first leg of the last-16 of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League,[26] and was praised by manager Alex Ferguson for his performance.[27]

On 23 February, De Gea recorded his second consecutive clean sheet for United, a vital performance in the club's title run — he stopped Loïc Rémy's strike before keeping out a Christopher Samba header to help United to 0–2 victory over Queens Park Rangers. [28] This was followed by a big 4–0 win at Old Trafford against Norwich City on 2 March.[29] The third consecutive clean sheet by De Gea came on 16 March in a 1–0 victory against Reading. [30]

De Gea's form was recognised by his peers, culminating in being voted into the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, demonstrating his rise to the top of English football being a key part of United's title success.[31] De Gea ended the season with his first Premier League medal with United, making 28 appearances and keeping 11 clean sheets. This placed him joint-fifth in the race for the Premier League Golden Glove, which was won for the third year in a row by Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

2013–14 season[edit]

De Gea started United's opening game of the season against Swansea City in a 4–1 win at the Liberty Stadium.[32] On 5 October, De Gea's save to deny Sunderland's Emanuele Giaccherini during a 2-1 away win was described by former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, as one of the best saves ever seen in the Premier League.[33]

International career[edit]

De Gea playing for Spain U21 during the 2013 European Championships

De Gea helped Spain's under-17 team win the 2007 European Championship,[34] and finish second at the 2007 World Cup.[4] In early May 2010, courtesy of solid Atlético performances, he was named by senior squad manager Vicente del Bosque in a provisional 30-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup;[34] however, he did not make the final cut.[4] In 2011, he was part of the Spain under-21 team that won the 2011 European Championship. On 15 May 2012, De Gea was called up for to the Spanish senior side for two matches against Serbia and the People's Republic of China.[4] He was in consideration for Vicente del Bosque's Euro 2012 squad, but he did not make the final 23-man group. He was selected, however, to play at the London 2012 Olympics.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 April 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other[nb 1] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid B 2008–09[36] Segunda División B 35 0 35 0
Atlético Madrid 2009–10[37] La Liga 19 0 7 0 9 0 35 0
2010–11[38] La Liga 38 0 5 0 6 0 49 0
Total 57 0 12 0 15 0 84 0
Manchester United 2011–12[39] Premier League 29 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 39 0
2012–13[39] Premier League 28 0 5 0 1 0 7 0 41 0
2013–14[39] Premier League 32 0 0 0 4 0 10 0 1 0 47 0
Total 89 0 6 0 5 0 25 0 2 0 127 0
Career total 181 0 18 0 5 0 40 0 2 0 246 0
  1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield



Atlético Madrid

Manchester United


Spain U17'

'Spain U21



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