Steele ha tried to help the goalkeeper improve.
David De Gea has enjoyed a steady improvement at Manchester United since joining the club in 2011, but coach Eric Steele reveals it hasn’t been an easy progression.
The goalkeeping expert says that when the Spaniard first arrived in England there were issues with the 22-year-old’s laziness and poor showing in training.
“His first six months were horrendous,” Steele was quoted by the Guardian.
“There were lifestyle issues. He’d sleep two or three times a day.
“He’d eat too many tacos.
“We had him in the gym a lot. He hated it. They don’t do the gym in Spain as much.”
The coach was keen to stress that De Gea possesses great ability and that when the ‘keeper joined the Red Devils the starlet was just 19.
Since then the Spain under-21 international has matured as both a player and person, is taking English lessons and is a well-liked and funny character in the dressing room.
De Gea’s transformation from liability to one of the best in the Premier League is a combination of both Steele and former manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s hard work.
Whilst the Spaniard has been putting in the hours, the coach has been there every step of the way and Ferguson showed faith in the ‘keeper, even when times were hard.
De Gea has played every match for United so far this season, keeping three clean-sheets and continuing to impress despite the immense pressure.
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