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David de Gea

David de Gea

De Gea with Spain under-21s in 2011
Personal information
Full name David de Gea Quintana[1]
Date of birth (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 1
Youth career
2001–2008 Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Atlético Madrid B 35 (0)
2009–2011 Atlético Madrid 57 (0)
2011– Manchester United 111 (0)
National team
2004 Spain U15 12 (0)
2007 Spain U17 15 (0)
2007–2009 Spain U19 15 (0)
2009 Spain U20 1 (0)
2009–2013 Spain U21 27 (0)
2012 Spain U23 5 (0)
2013– Spain 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2014

David de Gea Quintana (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 7 November 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Manchester United and for the Spanish National Team.

Born in Madrid, he started his career aged 10 with Atlético Madrid and rose through the academy system at the club before making his senior debut in 2009. After being made Atlético's first-choice goalkeeper, he helped the team win both the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup. His performances attracted the attention of Manchester United, whom he joined in June 2011 for £17.8 million, a British record for a goalkeeper.

De Gea was the captain for the Spain under-21 national side which won the European Championship in 2011 and 2013, and also competed in the 2012 Olympics. He made his debut for the senior team in 2014 and was selected for that year's World Cup.

Club career

De Gea playing for Atlético Madrid in 2010

Atlético Madrid

Born in Madrid, De Gea joined Atlético Madrid at the age of 10, and made his way up through the youth ranks at the club. He spent his second season for Atlético Madrid B in Segunda División B. With first-choice goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo away on international duty at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, De Gea was called up to the senior side as cover for Roberto. He made his debut for the Atlético first-team at the age of 18 on 30 September 2009, coming on as a substitute after Roberto was injured after 27 minutes of Atlético's UEFA Champions League Group Stage match away to FC Porto; De Gea conceded two late goals as Atlético lost 2–0.[3]

Roberto's injury meant that De Gea was given his La Liga debut three days later, at home to Real Zaragoza; he gave away a penalty kick in the 19th minute, but immediately redeemed himself by saving Marko Babić's attempt in an eventual 2–1 win.[3] After some costly mistakes by Asenjo, and the arrival of Quique Flores as manager, De Gea finished the 2009–10 season as the starting "number one". He won two man of the match awards along the way,[4] against Athletic Bilbao and Valencia CF. Additionally, he appeared in eight games in the club's victorious UEFA Europa League campaign, including the 2–1 final win against Fulham.[5]

De Gea started 2010–11 in impressive fashion, helping Atlético win the season's UEFA Super Cup. In the 90th minute of the 2–0 win against Internazionale, he saved a Diego Milito penalty kick.[6] He remained the undisputed starting goalkeeper for the remainder of the season, going on to play in every La Liga game for the team en route to a seventh place finish.

Manchester United

2011–12 season

The first half of 2011 saw a great deal of speculation regarding how Manchester United would replace their retiring goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, and much attention focused on De Gea, among others.[7] After Gary Neville's testimonial against Juventus on 24 May, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that a deal had been done to bring De Gea to Old Trafford, but this was later denied by the player's representatives and the Atlético management, with De Gea stating that he would not consider his future until after the UEFA Under-21 Championship.[8] Following Spain's victory in the tournament, De Gea was spotted in Manchester undergoing a medical with United on 27 June.[9] The next day, he reported that United were making him a contract offer, and the transfer was confirmed on 29 June for a British record fee for a goalkeeper of around £17.8 million.[10]

De Gea playing for Manchester United in 2012

De Gea made his first appearance for Manchester United in a 3–1 friendly win over Chicago Fire on 23 July 2011. He made his competitive debut for United against Manchester City in the Community Shield on 7 August. Despite being caught out in the first half by a header from Joleon Lescott and a long range Edin Džeko strike that put City into a 2–0 lead, United rallied in the second half and won 3–2.[11] De Gea made his league debut for Manchester United against West Bromwich Albion a week later, where he received criticism for failing to save Shane Long's goal during a 2–1 United victory.[12] De Gea kept his first clean sheet for United on his Old Trafford debut, their following league fixture against Tottenham Hotspur. He made a few impressive saves and his side ran out 3–0 winners.[13] In the following game, six days later, De Gea saved a penalty from Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, which would have cancelled out United's 1–0 lead. He made further saves to deny Van Persie and Andrei Arshavin in United's 8–2 victory.[14] On 18 September, Manchester United beat Chelsea 3–1 at Old Trafford, with De Gea making a string of impressive saves, particularly from Ramires — when the midfielder had an empty net to side-foot home, De Gea quickly got across to smother the ball away. De Gea's improvement in form continued in his next game, as he made two stunning saves to help his side to a 1–1 draw away at Stoke City.[15]

De Gea made his first ever UEFA Champions League start in a 3–3 draw against FC Basel on 27 September 2011. On 23 October 2011, he was in goal as Manchester United suffered their worst home defeat since 1955 with a 6–1 loss against cross-town rivals Manchester City.[16] In January 2012, De Gea was confirmed as hyperopic, although this is not thought to have affected his performances for United. It has been reported that he had corrective eye surgery in the summer of 2012.[17][18] De Gea was in goal during the league defeat to Blackburn Rovers and was blamed by most media for failing to deal with an aerial ball which led to the concession of the third goal in a 3–2 defeat. After this game, De Gea was dropped and replaced by United's second-choice keeper, Anders Lindegaard. An injury to Lindegaard saw De Gea return to the starting line-up for a 3–3 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 5 February 2012. De Gea later cited his save from Juan Mata during this match as the turning point in his season, as he went on to play the club's last 19 matches, keeping eight clean sheets.[19]

2012–13 season

Due to his involvement in the 2012 Olympics, De Gea missed Manchester United's pre-season tour, but nevertheless returned to the starting line-up for the opening game of the season against Everton. Despite some "outstanding" saves from De Gea, United lost 1–0.[20] In the next game, a 3–2 win at home to Fulham, he made some noteworthy saves from Mladen Petrić, Mousa Dembélé, and Bryan Ruiz; in attempting to claim a cross from Matthew Briggs, however, a misunderstanding with Nemanja Vidić led to the Serbian defender putting the ball in his own net for Fulham's second goal.[21]

On 9 December, De Gea made back-to-back saves from Manchester City's Carlos Tevez and David Silva, helping United to a 3–2 Manchester Derby win at the City of Manchester Stadium.[22] In the next match, a 3–1 win against Sunderland at Old Trafford, De Gea produced an important double-save from Craig Gardner and Stéphane Sessègnon's follow-up.[23][24] De Gea received criticism from parts of the media, including former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, for a punch which allowed Tottenham Hotspur to scored a stoppage time equaliser in a 1–1 draw at White Hart Lane on 20 January 2013.[25]

On 13 February 2013, De Gea made several saves to help United to a 1–1 draw against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu in the first leg of the last-16 of the Champions League,[26] and was praised by manager Alex Ferguson for his performance.[27]

On 23 February, De Gea recorded his second consecutive clean sheet for United, stopping a Loïc Rémy shot and a Christopher Samba header to help United to 2–0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.[28] This was followed by a 4–0 win at Old Trafford against Norwich City on 2 March.[29] Another clean sheet came on 16 March in a 1–0 victory against Reading.[30]

De Gea's form was recognised by his peers, culminating in being voted into the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.[31] De Gea ended the season with his first Premier League winner's medal with United, making 28 appearances and keeping 11 clean sheets, as the team topped the Premier League table by 11 points. This placed him joint-fifth in the race for the Premier League Golden Glove.

2013–14 season

De Gea's season began with a clean sheet in the 2–0 win over Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield at Wembley.[32] He then started United's opening game of the season against Swansea City in a 4–1 win at the Liberty Stadium.[33] On 5 October 2013, De Gea's save to deny Sunderland's Emanuele Giaccherini during a 2–1 away win was described by former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, as one of the best saves ever seen in the Premier League.[34] On 1 December, he made his 100th appearance for Manchester United in a 2–2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.[35]

De Gea's performances throughout the season saw him named as both the club's Players' Player of the Year and Fans' Player of the Year.[36]

De Gea's save from Luis Suárez was voted as Match of the Day '​s Save of the Season.

2014–15 season

De Gea helped United secure back-to-back victories for the first time under their new manager Louis van Gaal in a home victory against Everton on 5 October 2014. During the match, De Gea made three important saves, including one penalty from Leighton Baines, to help United secure a 2–1 win in which he was voted by Manchester United fans as Man Of The Match.[37] He became the first goalkeeper to stop a penalty from Baines, who had previously converted all of his 14 Premier League penalties.[38] After several vital stops against Everton, West Brom and Chelsea, he was named Manchester United's Player of the Month for October.[39] In November of 2014, De Gea was named on a four man shortlist for the Northwest Football Awards' Player of the Year. [40]

International career

De Gea playing for Spain U21 during the 2013 European Championships

De Gea helped Spain's under-17 team win the 2007 European Championship,[41] and finish second at the 2007 World Cup.[4] In early May 2010, courtesy of solid Atlético performances, he was named by senior squad manager Vicente del Bosque in a provisional 30-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup;[41] however, he did not make the final cut.[4] In 2011, he was part of the Spain under-21 team that won the 2011 European Championship. On 15 May 2012, De Gea was called up for to the Spanish senior side for two matches against Serbia and the People's Republic of China.[4] He was in consideration for Del Bosque's Euro 2012 squad, but did not make the final 23-man group. He was selected, however, to play at the London 2012 Olympics,[42] and played all three matches as the nation was eliminated in the group stage. De Gea and Spain under-21 retained their European title in 2013.

On 13 May 2014, De Gea was selected in Spain's 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup, and later made the final squad. He made his first senior international appearance against El Salvador in a 2–0 friendly victory on 8 June in preparation for the tournament, replacing Iker Casillas for the last seven minutes of the game at the FedEx Field in Washington, D.C.[43] As third-choice goalkeeper behind Casillas and Pepe Reina, De Gea did not play at the World Cup, in which Spain were eliminated in the Group stage. On 4 September 2014, he made his first start for Spain, playing the whole 90 minutes against France in a Paris friendly and conceding a goal from Loïc Rémy to lose 1–0.[44] He played his first competitive international on his third cap on 12 October, keeping a clean sheet in a 4–0 win away to Luxembourg in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.

Career statistics


As of match played 27 September 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlético Madrid B 2008–09[45] Segunda División B 35 0 35 0
Atlético Madrid 2009–10[46] La Liga 19 0 7 0 9[1] 0 35 0
2010–11[47] La Liga 38 0 5 0 6[2] 0 49 0
Total 57 0 12 0 15 0 84 0
Manchester United 2011–12[48] Premier League 29 0 1 0 0 0 8[3] 0 1[4] 0 39 0
2012–13[48] Premier League 28 0 5 0 1 0 7[5] 0 41 0
2013–14[48] Premier League 37 0 0 0 4 0 10[5] 0 1[4] 0 52 0
2014–15[48] Premier League 15 0 0 0 1 0 10 0
Total 103 0 6 0 6 0 25 0 2 0 139 0
Career total 195 0 18 0 6 0 40 0 2 0 258 0
  1. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, eight in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, four in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b Appearance in FA Community Shield
  5. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League


As of match played 12 October 2014.[49]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2014 3 0
Total 3 0



Atlético Madrid

Manchester United


Spain U17

Spain U21



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External links

  • Manchester United profile
  • BDFutbol profile
  • David de Gea career stats at Soccerbase
  • David de Gea – UEFA competition record
  • David de Gea – FIFA competition record
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