Schmeichel: I admire De Gea
Reds legend Peter Schmeichel has spoken of his admiration for United no.1 David De Gea.
From the moment the Spanish goalkeeper arrived in England in the summer of 2011, he’s been the subject of criticism, with some media outlets reguarly questioning his suitability for the Old Trafford role.
Throughout it, though, Schemichel says De Gea has carried himself with grace.
“I admire the fella,” Schmeichel told PA Sport and the Manchester Evening Newslast week.
“I cannot remember anyone coming into Manchester United and being criticised the way he was criticised. He was ridiculed every day. He was the subject of every debate in the media.
“Every programme possible was talking about him and debating the situation. Yet he still went out there with a smile on his face.”
Of course, the best way to combat criticism is to prove yourself on the pitch and Schmeichel says De Gea can be proud of his performances.
“He managed to dig himself out of it. By the end of last season people were starting to say this guy is a good goalkeeper. But at the beginning he wasn’t.
“I admire someone who has the mind to do that. Very slowly he is working his way away from what people thought of him 18 months ago.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this fella has a strong mind and to play for Manchester United you need a strong mind.
“You don’t see him in the newspapers defending himself or trying to shift the blame elsewhere. He just gets on with it. United players are like that.
“They just get on with it. Can you remember any United player at a high level that ever complained?
“I have racked my brains and cannot think of anyone. David is like that. He just gets on with it.”