Man Utd goalkeeper David de Gea makes history with 400th Premier League appearance
- Spanish star signed in 2011
- Impressive longevity at Old Trafford
- Hoping to earn new contract
WHAT HAPPENED? The Spain international goalkeeper joined the Red Devils from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has been a mainstay in their side ever since – winning the Premier League title, FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League during his time at Old Trafford. De Gea has also made the PFA Team of the Year five times and been named United’s Player of the Year on four occasions.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: De Gea has drawn level with Gary Neville in terms of Premier League appearances for United, but is still 232 adrift of Ryan Giggs’ all-time record for the club. With his clean sheet at Leeds he has now levelled Peter Schmeichel's record of 178 shutouts for Manchester United.
AND WHAT'S MORE: De Gea is one of only eight non-British players to have played 400 games in the English top-flight, with the others – who all represented multiple teams – being: Mark Schwarzer (514), Sylvain Distin (469), Brad Friedel (450), Shay Given (450), John O'Shea (445), Petr Cech (443), Jussi Jaaskelainen (436) and Richard Dunne (431). Only Manchester City great Bert Trautmann and Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar can better De Gea’s return for one team over the course of English top-flight history, which serves to highlight the longevity and success he has enjoyed with United.
IN TWO PHOTOS:
Set to join the #PL’s 4️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ club.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 12, 2023
👏 @D_DeGea #MUFC || #LEEMUN pic.twitter.com/8aJ4waTExS
WHAT'S NEXT? Questions have been asked of how long De Gea will be sticking around at Old Trafford, with his current contract due to expire in the summer of 2023, but the 32-year-old has expressed a desire to agree fresh terms and add even more appearances to his stunning tally.