Seven seasons after joining the club, David De Gea will make his 300th appearance for Manchester United against Huddersfield on Saturday.
Only Peter Schmeichel has played more games as a goalkeeper for the Red Devils (398) than the Spaniard since the Premier League started in 1992/93.
Behind them are Edwin Van der Sar (266 games) and Fabien Barthez (139).
“I am sure that I will be able to give the best of myself and demonstrate what I am capable of, it is a great privilege to be part of a club like Manchester United.,” were De Gea’s words when arriving at Old Trafford in the summer of 2011.
In his 300 games, the stopper has managed to collect a prestigious list of winners medals; Premier League (2012/13), FA Cup (2015/16), League Cup (2016/17), three Charity Shields (2011, 2013 and 2016) and a Europa League (2016/17).
As if that were not enough, he has accumulated numerous individual awards, such as having been in the Premier League’s best XI four times (2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17), selected by the fans as Manchester United’s best player on three consecutive occasions (2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16) and being the Best Premier League goalkeeper (2012/13 , 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16).
He is currently experiencing one of his best moments at Old Trafford, keeping 14 clean sheets in 25 games.
According to the English press, Jose Mourinho wants to offer him a contract renewal for five years, with a salary increase included.
“We are going to try not to give him the option to leave, a goalkeeper like him is essential in a club that wants to improve, as is our case,” the Portuguese recently noted.
Compliments from his coaches
Four coaches – plus interim coach Ryan Giggs – have managed De Gea at Old Trafford and the four have been full of praise for him.
Ferguson, according to former goalkeeper coach Eric Steele, missed a game to go see him live with Atletico Madrid; David Moyes said: “He’s fantastic, becoming a great goalkeeper and he’s going to be even better.”
Louis Van Gaal, with whom it was speculated that their relationship was not entirely good, also had nothing but good words to say.
“He is a footballer who enjoys playing for Manchester United,” the Dutchman noted.
Mourinho, for his part, said in December after a match: “I just saw the best goalkeeper in the world.”