David de Gea has insisted that he is very happy to be a Manchester United player and dismissed any talk that he might be leaving Old Trafford anytime soon.
On Wednesday evening, United had their Spanish goal-keeper to thank for their 1-1 draw against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the Champions League as he pulled of some fantastic saves.
It is fair to say that the young shot-stopper has come under a fair bit of criticism since he arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2011, but his performance in his home city has silenced many who doubted him as on the biggest stage, he delivered.
It wasn’t just his instinct saves that were so impressive, it was the way he commanded the penalty area and managed to hang onto the ball when it was fired at him, which relieved a lot of pressure on the team.
After the game, he was clearly delighted with his performance and said that Old Trafford is the right place for him to be right now.
He said: “I am very happy in Manchester. Every day I am happier.”
Sir Alex Ferguson was over-the-moon with how his number-one performed as well.
“David was excellent and produced three or four really top saves,” said Ferguson. “He’s improving all the time.” Ferguson said.
“I’m pleased for the boy. This is a difficult place to come and we would have taken 1-1 before the game.”
Now that the United fans have seen their goal-keeper perform so well, that is the kind of performance they now expect most weeks.
No one has ever really doubted that the Spaniard has a lot of talent, but he seemed to be struggling with the pressure of being Ferguson’s first choice keeper.
Let’s not forget, de Gea also had the job of filling the huge boots of Edwin van der Sar – one of the best keepers that the Premier League has seen – so it can’t have been easy.
One thing is for sure, Real Madrid will come to Old Trafford in the second leg and attack, so de Gea can expect to be busy again. There aren’t many tougher positions to play that between the sticks, especially in big matches as one mistake can be fatal.
There has been speculation that he might even be heading to the Bernabeu in the summer, but after that performance, Ferguson won’t let him go anywhere.
He is, however, likely to be rested for the visit of Reading in the FA Cup on Monday evening.