Originally Posted by BLACKANDRE
That is a fucking good save, I must have missed that one.
To be fair to the MOTD commentator he did give De Gea loads of praise for a routine long distance save that was heading towards the middle of his goal just above head height.
I also noticed that he got away with parrying out another shot into a dangerous area but got lucky with the scuffed rebound. There's no doubt that his reflexes are the best in the league, but his handling needs to improve. I guess that will come with time. One thing that he might struggle to develop is his command of the eighteen yard area. He's not massively tall for a keeper so he can't really get away with having such a wirey frame.
Good points: Reflexes, distribution, agility.
Bad points: Handling, command of area.
Average points: Positioning, judgement/reading of the game.
I think that he can become great in most of these categories but I'm not so sure about the command of his area one. Obviously personal confidence will play a part.
I'd agree with all of that.
I do think he gets an overly bad rap from the press for the most part though, this for example from the Daily Mail (I know it prints horseshit all the time but it's an example of the narrative in the place).
Uncertain: David de Gea (left) remains uncertain under the high ball
I mean yesterday he took high balls with no fuss at all and clearly caught that one with ease, but they still feel the need to run with a caption just because that's the done thing. It's ok to criticize when he is making errors, but to criticize him when he's catching high balls with ease is just stupid.