Mexican Javier Hernandez has hailed team-mate David de Gea for the way he has handled the pressure of being Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper. The Spanish keeper moved from Athletico Madrid in the summer, and was put straight in to action at Old Trafford following Edwin van der Sar’s retirement.
The youngster was the subject of heavy criticism following a shaky start at United, with mistakes against rivals Manchester City in the Community Shield and West Bromwich Albion on his Premier League Debut.
But, since then the 20-year-old seems to have finally settled and is now improving in each game and also looked impressive in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with fierce rivals Liverpool.
Similarly to De Gea, Hernandez was thrown in straight away and was forced to bulk up and cope with the physicality of the Premier League, and he now believes that the Spain Under 21 stopper is now beginning to do so.
“David is an unbelievable player,” said Hernandez, who came off the bench to score the champions’ equaliser at Anfield.
“He is working day by day and the good thing is that he wants to work.
He then added, “He knows that to play in this shirt, first of all, you need to enjoy it. But also he is aware that it is a big responsibility.
“He is handling it very well. He is only 20. He could play for 20 more years if he wants.”