2013/14 English Premier League
De Gea made his senior debut for the Atletico Madrid first-team in 2009, having enjoyed prominence in Spain's youth teams since the age of 16 and signed for Manchester United two years later in a deal worth around £18 million.
Winning the 2007 European Under-17 Championship, De Gea's international career began much earlier than his club one and he also finished as a runner-up at the Under-17 World Cup in the same year. He came through the ranks at Atletico and, after impressing for the reserve side, was given his chance to shine when Sergio Asenjo made some high profile errors in the 2009-10 season. Quickly establishing himself as the Rojiblancos No. 1, he helped his side win the Europa League in 2010 -- Atletico's first major European successes in almost 50 years -- and also starred in the UEFA Super Cup win over Inter Milan.
Linked with replacing Edwin van der Sar at Manchester United, De Gea's profile was on the rise and after an excellent showing for Spain as they won the European Under-21 Championship, he put pen to paper and signed for the English champions in June 2011.
His debut season at Old Trafford was a mixed bag to say the least -- a slow start was improved upon in the second-half of the campaign, when he began to get to grips with the physical side of the Premier League. De Gea's initial rocky patch saw him replaced by Anders Lindegaard in January but an injury to the Danish keeper allowed him to step back into the breach and after reclaiming the No. 1 spot he showed no signs of letting it go.
The young Spaniard was part of his country's 2012 Olympic squad, though there was disappointment as they crashed out in the group stages; however he was a key figure in his second season at Old Trafford as impressive performances between the sticks helped Manchester United to a record 20th league title and a place in the PFA Team of the Year.
Strengths: An outstanding shot-stopper, he has an eye for a spectacular save and an impressive amount of experience for such a young goalkeeper. Weaknesses: Susceptible to shots from outside the penalty box and has his physicality has been called into question on more than one occasion.
Career high: Having won the Europa League, De Gea then saved a penalty as Atletico beat Inter Milan 2-0 to win the UEFA Super Cup.
Career low: A shaky start to his United career, where he looked particularly vulnerable from set-pieces, was compounded by a shocking display against Blackburn on New Year's Eve 2011, which led to a surprise 3-2 defeat. He was then temporarily dropped from the starting line-up.
Style: Agile and acrobatic, a talented youngster who could become one of the best.
Quotes: "I"m very impressed with his mental strength. He got hammered for six months when he joined the Still he went out there and played. He came through that season smelling of roses. It's completely dead now. No-one doubts that David is the future Manchester United goalkeeper for many years." High praise from legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.
Trivia: His team-mates at Atletico nicknamed him Van der Gea, because of his physical likeness to the Dutchman, and his similar style.
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