Nightmare over for De Gea


DAVID DE GEA in­sists his nightmare start at Manch­ester United is be­hind him.

The Span­ish goal­keeper was dubbed a £19mil­lion flop af­ter be­ing axed by Sir Alex Fer­gu­son.

But De Gea, who re­placed Ed­win Van Der Sar, says he is fi­nally com­ing to terms with life at Old Traf­ford af­ter help­ing drag United back into the ti­tle race.


“Hon­estly, I think I have done more good things than bad things,” said De Gea.

“But per­haps what I have done wrong has been re­ported on more.

“I have done very good things. I am happy with my per­for­mances to date and I am sure there is more com­ing.

“Of course I am self­crit­i­cal. I have to be. Any foot­baller must learn from his mis­takes to im­prove day af­ter day and know what his weak­nesses are.”

De Gea is des­per­ate to show his true worth when he faces Span­ish op­po­si­tion for the first time since his move from Atletico Madrid last sum­mer.

United tackle Ath­letic Bil­bao at Old Traf­ford on Thurs­day in the Europa League last-16 first leg.

And De Gea has warned his United team-mates that they can­not af­ford to take Bil­bao, who sit fifth in La Liga, lightly.

He said: “Ath­letic are a good team. I’ve got lots of friends there and it’ll be great to go back to Spain in the sec­ond leg – and to win.”

United warmed up for Bil­bao with a 3-1 win at Spurs on Sun­day to move to within two points of lead­ers Manch­ester City.

But United’s home form in Europe this sea­son has been a mixed bag.

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