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David de Gea hopes to keep improving

November 20, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea believes his recent form has made this one of the best spells of his career and he is determined to get even better.

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PA PhotosDavid de Gea has overcome criticism to be Man United's undisputed first-choice keeper.

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The 23-year-old Spaniard experienced some difficult times after joining United from Atletico Madrid in 2011, but he followed up a fine second half of last season with an impressive start to the current campaign and has been an ever-present in the Premier League.

And De Gea told Inside United: "I'm very happy with it. I feel like this is a particularly good moment in my career right now and I hope to continue in the same vein for some time to come. I feel like I'm always improving and I want to make sure that continues as well."

Manager David Moyes has been pleased with De Gea's performances but the goalkeeper is adamant he won't become complacent. He added: "I'm very happy the manager praised me but, for me, the journey doesn't stop now. I want to keep earning praise and playing well for this team.

"I play for my teammates and I play for my manager but I also play for the fans. When you win over a club's fans, it's a very proud moment. These are the people who pay money to come to watch you every week.

"You owe it to them to play well and give your best, so it makes me extremely happy to hear the fans singing my name."

But De Gea has hit out at those who questioned his ability to establish himself at Old Trafford after a difficult beginning to his United career.

"If I am honest, yes (the criticism was unfair),'' De Gea added. "I was very young and I had arrived at a new club from another country.

"I was learning a whole new language, I was adapting to a new style of football and new team-mates. That's a lot to take in and it's natural that it will take a little bit of time to settle.

"It wasn't easy hearing this criticism but I tried to use it to motivate me and make me stronger. I think I have improved as a goalkeeper because of it, actually. I like to think that from bad things you can derive good results."

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