Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has broken a Premier League record with his appearance against Leeds United today.
The Spaniard is now the youngest goalkeeper in Premier League history to rack up 400 appearances. He did it aged 32 years and 97 days.
De Gea is the fourth Man United player to make 400 Premier League appearances after Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.
No keeper has kept more clean sheets since De Gea joined the Red Devils, recording 138.
De Gea joined Man Utd in 2011 from Atletico Madrid. He broke through Los Colchoneros’ academy after replacing Sergio Asenjo, who was on international duty.
Sir Alex Ferguson spotted him, and De Gea had barely played two full seasons before the Premier League giants snapped him up.
De Gea signed for Man United for a then-British record fee for a goalkeeper of around £18.9 million. He replaced retiring club legend Edwin van der Sar.
All eyes were on him as the topic of replacing Van der Sar was a dominant one. His first game earned him criticism after he failed to deal with an Edin Dzeko long-range effort in the Community Shield.
He made his Premier League debut against West Bromwich Albion and couldn’t save an easy Shane Long effort.
However, Ferguson backed him to improve, and he did. De Gea has since established himself as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation.
Despite the recent blunders, he is still a top shot-stopper in European football, garnering some excellent records.
De Gea has kept eight clean sheets in the league in 22 games this season. United have been excellent under new boss Erik ten Hag and he has kept faith in De Gea.
They are third in the league and could push up to second place with a victory at Elland Road.
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