Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville put on another masterclass during yesterday’s edition of Monday Night Football.
The former Manchester United defender has always done a fantastic job of expressing his thoughts and elaborating on them in great detail. Neville has an innate ability to articulate his ideas to a vast footballing audience.
During yesterday’s program, the England coach described how Manchester United’s David de Gea has developed from a young Spanish prospect into one of the world’s best goalkeepers.
The video accompanying this article is just a small snippet of an approximate 6-8 minute piece that Neville used to highlight De Gea’s progression as United’s number one goalkeeper.
In this video, Neville addresses how the Spain international has developed the “one on one” aspect of his play. The conversation (not seen in this video) also covered De Gea’s handling of corners and set-pieces.
United fans will recall that, upon his arrival in England, De Gea struggled with the physical nature of the Premier League, and each corner taken by the opposition led to anxiety in the stands as the young Spaniard flopped at balls coming into his area.
Neville posted this statistic which shows how the 24-year-old goalkeeper has become a more commanding presence inside the box.
The Sky Sports pundit also showed examples of how De Gea has greatly reduced the amount of shots he has parried back into play upon the initial shot. Neville points out that in the past, the United goalkeeper was making the first save, only to parry the shot back towards the opposition for another scoring chance. Now De Gea is catching the first attempt or parrying the shot out of play.
Neville went on to heap praise on the United goalkeeper and expressed that the club need to find a way to secure his long-term future at Old Trafford.
“There has been a physical maturity since two years ago, but there has also been a massive technical improvement in the last 12-18 months, and even in this season too. He has now become a great goalkeeper,” Neville said.
“Manchester United not need to get him signed up as he become a big, big player for them, and when you get a goalkeeper like that, you have to keep hold of him.”
De Gea is under contract with Manchester United until the summer of 2016, but the club is currently trying to negotiate a new deal with the Spain international.