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David de Gea
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Footballer
Desc Undoubtedly the best goalkeeper in the Premier League for the past five years, perhaps even the world. A Premier League title winner in 2012/13, the Spaniard has been included in the PFA Team of the Year on five separate occasions and was named United’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons between 2013-2016, the first player in the award’s history to win on three successive occasions

Affiliation

Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Manchester United
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2016 01 23 Retrieve

[Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea on adjusting to life in England, and his February 2012 save to preserve a 3-3 draw against Chelsea that indicated a turning point in his time at Old Trafford] [There were] some moments where you think ‘that’s not my place, I have to come back to Spain’. The weather, the language. There were difficult moments, but I fight. Juan Mata, the free-kick, probably was the point [where] everything changed. I played better, better, better

: 2019 06 30 Andre Onana says he wants to stay at Ajax and fight for new success as speculation continues to circulate that Manchester United will look to the Cameroon international goalkeeper to replace David de Gea.

2019 07 22 Retrieve

[Speaking at an event for supporters in Singapore on Sunday night] I’ve been captain for some games. Of course it is amazing to be captain of a club like Manchester United and defend this badge. It’s amazing, so of course I’ll be really, really happy to captain. It’s my ninth season, I feel like one of the most experienced players. I need to show that on the pitch and try to help the young guys know what Manchester United means and that’s important

[De Gea was at fault for some crucial goals, letting a Lionel Messi strike past him against Barca] We have to improve a lot. We are Manchester United, we need to fight for trophies. When you put on this badge, that’s what it means - fight for everything, give your best and bring the team again to the top

2019 09 16 Retrieve

[David de Gea has brought the uncertainty surrounding his future to a close by signing a new four-year contract at Manchester United] It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour. Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club. Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together. As one of the senior players in the squad, I want to support and lead in any way that I can to assist the younger players, so they know what it means to play here. I still feel that I have so much more to achieve at the club and I truly believe that Manchester United can build on the club’s tradition of success and reward our fans for their support. I am committed to continue repaying the fans for all of the care that they’ve shown me during the good times and the bad

2019 09 21 Retrieve

[David De Gea has warned Manchester United that they need to be much more switched on against West Ham to avoid a repeat of last season’s 3-1 defeat to the Hammers] I believe they have a decent side with some good players who are important to them. They are on the up at the moment, but we still have bad memories from last season, so we have to be much more switched on right from the off than we were then. There are three very important points at stake for us to remain up there near the top, and also for the younger lads to keep gaining in confidence. We also want to show that’s what we’re here for, going away to difficult grounds and going there for the three points

[De Gea also saluted the role that the United supporters play in helping lift the team] They are vitally important to us. Our fans that follow us away from home are just incredible. Sometimes it’s just like we are playing at home in those away fixtures! It’s amazing. It helps us all tremendously down there on the pitch, we can always feel the warmth from our fans and that is hugely important to us

[The Spain international could face compatriot Pablo Fornals at the London Stadium] I know him from the national team, we’ve been called up together in the same squad once or twice. He’s a quality player and I think he can contribute very well for West Ham. He really showed what he could do at Villarreal and he has a lot of talent and he’s a top player

2019 09 26 Retrieve

[David de Gea has confirmed his support of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, promising to fight for the under-pressure manager to the death] [Solskjaer] is part of the family, he was here for many years as a player, he knows the club well and most importantly the whole team is behind him, we will fight to the death for him. That is key, he is a good coach and we will be with him until the end

[The goalkeeper is one of the old guard at United now] It is a special club, the biggest in England, and it gives me great pride and pleasure to have been at this club for so many years. I am happy, I’ve been here for a long time and I’m really happy, it’s a wonderful club with extraordinary fans. We have had some tough years but that is why we’re here, to try and help. I hope we can achieve big things in the years to come

2019 09 28 Retrieve

[David de Gea, who has been with the Red Devils since 2011] It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour. Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club. Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together. As one of the senior players in the squad, I want to support and lead in any way that I can to assist the younger players, so they know what it means to play here

2019 09 30 Retrieve

[David de Gea says that Manchester United need to be winning matches like Monday’s lacklustre draw with Arsenal] Of course [we were distracted]. If the linesman keeps the flag down… but we also know that there’s VAR as well, so if it’s offside, it’s offside. There’s nothing else to say, we just need to keep focused on our game. We need to learn from that mistake. It was a big mistake for us. We gave away an important goal. I think the game was well balanced so they had good chances and we had good chances. But we’re playing at Old Trafford so we need to win these games if we want to finish in the top four

This is Manchester United. We’re playing at Old Trafford so we have to win these games. We have a young team but the lads have to react and play better than they are. We are a team. We know we have to improve and we are all working really hard to do it. We had a lot of good chances - of course, they did too, but I think we had the better ones. We have to keep learning. We have a young team, so it’s time to keep looking forward and try to win the next game

2019 10 03 Retrieve

[United goalkeeper David de Gea repelled their Eredivisie opponents with a couple of sharp saves and reported Rashford was convinced he should have been awarded a spot kick. Solskjaer blasts ref over penalty call in AZ stalemate] From my position it’s really difficult to see that. We asked Marcus and he said 100 per cent it’s a penalty. I didn’t see well from my position but it’s probably a penalty

2019 10 06 Retrieve

[David de Gea did not hold back in a scathing assessment of Manchester United’s performance in their 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday, saying he has not experienced a worse time at the club] We didn’t create any proper chances. We defended well. The team needs to step up. We have some big injuries but that’s no excuse. We are Manchester United, we need to keep training hard, fighting and winning games

[When asked what they had to improve, De Gea replied bluntly] Everything. A lot of things to improve. I don’t know what to say. Keep trying, fighting, improving every day. It’s a hard moment for us. [This is] the most difficult time since I’ve been here. I don’t know why, what is happening. Sorry to the fans. We will keep fighting. Come on, we conceded a goal from a corner. That cannot happen. It’s unacceptable

2019 10 08 Retrieve

[David de Gea delivering a brutally honest assessment of United in the wake of a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle] Everything. I think a lot of things need to improve. Probably the worst time, most difficult time, since I’ve been here. I don’t know. I don’t know what is happening. Come on, we cannot score even one goal in two games. Sorry to the fans

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Pointing to a horrendous first-half showing during the 3-3 draw at Sheffield United last Sunday] The team is what it is, and results are what they have been recently. It’s true that the first half was horrible, probably one of the worst this year. The reaction of the team in the second half was important, but it’s not enough. We should win these type of games to be on top, we need to win four or five games in a row to be at the top, but at the moment the team is not playing so well. We’re giving it everything, we’re trying to get those big wins that can put us high up in the table, but the truth is at the moment we’re not consistent enough, there’s much to train and much to improve. I don’t think it’s through any lack of effort, the boys are leaving everything out on the field in training and games. You could point maybe to a lack of quality in certain areas, but certainly not a lack of fight

[The 29-year-old is now set to remain at the club until 2023] The truth is I feel at home here. There are times when I am in Spain and I’m really looking forward to coming back here, at home in Manchester. We’ve been here for a lot of years and I feel like people appreciate me here, I’ve made a lot of friends and I’m thrilled to be part of this club. It’s been a long time that I’ve been playing here and it’s not an easy thing to keep playing at the highest level and to maintain that level. I personally hope that we can get more accolades in years to come by working hard and playing to that same high level

2019 12 01 Retrieve

[David de Gea criticises his side for their lack of quality after a difficult season] I don’t think it’s through any lack of effort, the boys are leaving everything out on the field in training and games. You could point maybe to a lack of quality in certain areas, but certainly not a lack of fight

We need to win four or five games in a row to be at the top, but at the moment the team is not playing so well. We’re giving it everything, we’re trying to get those big wins that can put us high up in the table. But the truth is at the moment we’re not consistent enough, there’s much to train and much to improve

2019 12 05 Retrieve

[David de Gea says Marcus Rashford has been hailed as a great finisher by Manchester United team-mate] Marcus is in very good form and showing his talent. He is a great finisher. He scored two and could have scored even more goals. We are happy that he is scoring goals for us and playing as he is doing. He is a great player

[De Gea added on a welcome victory over Spurs] We needed the three points. We played against a very good team with good players and we showed we are capable of winning against a good opponent. We showed that we can play well, that we can score goals, create chances and play offensively. It was a great game for us

It’s a massive win for us and let’s see if we can keep this level and keep winning. It’s a special game against Man City, the derby. Let’s see if we can win there. It’s a tough game but if we show the same as we did tonight, we will have chances to win

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[David de Gea admits he committed to a new contract at Manchester United because he wants to help the club land more trophies] It’s a real pleasure to be able to keep playing for more seasons with this club and here’s hoping it’s not just more derbies and more games to come, but also more trophies, because that’s what we are all fighting for

[De Gea said of that trip to the Etihad Stadium] It’s always a special fixture. It’s a derby game, against a top side who have a clear way of playing and like to knock the ball around. With all their pressure you have to be very good defensively. As I say, it’s always a special game and I can’t wait for the game to come around. I’m keen to try and put in a good performance so we can go away with the three points which would be really great for us

I have lots of good memories. One or two others not quite so good, but they are always entertaining games to be a part of, full of excitement and tension, tons of commitment and there is always something special happens in these games. Let’s hope that on this occasion the three points stay with us

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[Man Utd hit with FA charge after players reacted angrily to Van Dijk foul on De Gea in Liverpool loss] Manchester United FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20(a). It is alleged that the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 26th minute of the Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on Sunday (19/1/20). Manchester United FC has until Thursday (23/1/20) to provide a response

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has outlined his intention to stay at Old Trafford for many years to come] Just to be a part of this club is amazing. So imagine, 10 years, it’s like a dream. It’s great to play games with this club, so I hope I can be here more years, many years

I think the whole team improved a lot. We were in a good moment. I think we were in very good, top form. We didn’t concede many goals and, of course, with Bruno he brings a lot of quality. He’s a clever player, a top midfielder. The team improved with him and it was a pity that everything stopped because we were in a good moment, but hopefully with some players that were injured will be fit when it all starts again, so it will be a good challenge for everyone

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[Community of Madrid president thanks De Gea for donating €300,000 to aid fight against coronavirus] Real Madrid has launched a project to supply and distribute strategic medical supplies to be used in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, the Santiago Bernabeu will offer a space that is equipped to store the donations of medical supplies required in the fight against this pandemic. In addition, Real Madrid will provide a facility for organisations and businesses to leave money or material donations that they wish to make to the Ministry of Health

2020 07 10 Retrieve

[David de Gea says Manchester United have not done anything yet] Of course we are very confident now but we haven’t done anything yet. We have some important games coming now so we need to be very, very focused and keep the level that we showed today and in the last four games. We’re in a good mood, a good way, so yes, we keep looking forward to the next game. We’re really happy with three massive points and we’re really close to fourth and third positions. We are showing a lot of good things, like we did in the last three or four games. It’s great to see the team performing like this

[De Gea kept a clean sheet on his 399th appearance for United at Villa Park, the most games of any overseas player for the club, surpassing Peter Schmeichel’s record] Sorry to Peter Schmeichel. It’s great. That means I’ve been here a long time and I’ve been playing really, really well to the top level so I’m really, really proud. I’m happy to play for this club for that many games. Hopefully I have another 400 games coming. So I’m really, really happy