Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has issued a defiant response to the criticism that was previously directed to him at the club.
The Spaniard joined United from Atletico Madrid at the age of 20 and marks a decade in the Premier League next year, though it hasn’t always been plain sailing.
De Gea initially struggled upon his move to England and has encountered numerous occasions of a significant drop in form, including earlier this year.
However, he has fought back this term amid the competition from Dean Henderson and looks to be back at his best for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
De Gea is well aware of the critics that hit out at him previously though but never let that affect his output, instead focusing on learning from mistakes that have been made.
“It’s wonderful to be here and, to be honest, I feel right at home in Manchester,” he told the club’s official magazine.
“I think you learn from your mistakes, you start to mature and life throws up difficult situations. And, of course, you learn from them, from the bad times especially, and I think that’s life, isn’t it?
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United entered the international break by winning what was arguably their most important match of the season at Everton on Saturday.
The under-pressure Reds came from behind to beat the Toffees thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ double and Edinson Cavani’s first goal for United.
United have a two-week break with many of their stars heading off on international duty – we’ll be keeping tabs on how they all perform, and on preparations for their next Premier League match against West Brom.
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“I’ve learnt lots of things, it’s difficult to pick out just one. It’s difficult to say but you learn, particularly that times can be tough, you can have difficult periods, especially in this world. There are lots of people who will slate you.
“You’ll get it from all sides but it’s about believing in yourself, having confidence in what you can do to keep on going and give 100 per cent in every training session, every game, and know that life goes on. You have to show up each day to improve and be happy, which is the most important thing..
“I’m obviously the same person but with more experience, I’ve gone through more things and I’m much more experienced in everything.”