Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson claims that he is taken aback with the kind of form the Spanish shot stopper has displayed but reiterated that he always had it in him to make it to the top.
David De Gea’s rise from a flop import to the one of the best goal keepers in England if not Europe has been phenomenal to say the least.
The nimble Spaniard failed to adjust to his new surroundings at Old Trafford and was often relegated to the bench as Anders Lindegaard gleefully took the pitch instead of his teammate.
However the Dane injured himself during training and now must be cursing his luck, as De Gea has managed to win over his critics and more importantly the fans, with a series of impossible saves that have sole handedly kept United in the title race.
His rise started with a magnificent stop to deny fellow countryman Juan Mata at Stamford Bridge in February, before following that up with clinical displays against the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Fulham.
De Gea was widely tipped to be an astute signing for the future and like all long-term investments, it took sometime before United were able to gather some decent dividends from their hefty purchase.
While it longer than usual for the goalkeeper to reach his best, nonetheless he has reached that level, where he can be considered as one of the first players on Sir Alex Ferguson’s team sheet.
The veteran Scotsman was also quite relieved with the former Atletico Madrid man stepping up his game and revealed that the player always had it in him to become England’s finest.
"You can't deny the performance level and ability of someone who can get into the Atletico Madrid team at 18 and win the Europa League,” he said.
"That is why we went for him.
"Even Peter Schmeichel found it difficult coming into the English game, and he was 27. David made mistakes but we forgive that at 21."
The champions are closing on the Premier League trophy and if the title does stay in the Red half of Manchester, Fergie can be sure that his summer buy played an integral role in retaining the team’s crown.