Alan Smith: De Gea on way to becoming United legend

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes David de Gea is growing into becoming a Manchester United legend.

The Spaniard has won United’s player of the season two consecutive times and is rated amongst the Worlds best three goal keepers.

Smith wrote in the Telegraph: “What does it take to become a club legend? A proper one, I mean, who will go down in history as one of the true greats.

“I only ask because David De Gea seems to be heading that way.”

“Excelling in goal for a very average Manchester United team, the Spaniard virtually stands alone in enhancing his reputation nearly every week.”

“He was at it again on Sunday. Granted, United’s victory at Anfield may not go down as his best day or even his busiest but he was certainly central to denying Liverpool with an authoritative display capped by some crucial saves.”

“Even then, though, the Spain international still had plenty to do. By no means the finished article, De Gea would have to get better if he wanted to go down in United folklore.”

“In the intervening years, however, a combination of hard work, determination and loads of natural ability have elevated the lad on to a level that attracted the persistent attentions of Real Madrid.”

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