On this day in 2011: Spanish starlet De Gea joins Man Utd

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Sunday 29 June 2014

On this day in 2011: Spanish starlet De Gea joins Man Utd

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall David de Gea moving from Atletico Madrid

  • David de Gea unveiled as a Manchester United player alongside manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

29 June 2011 - Manchester United sign goalkeeper David de Gea

Manchester United signed 20-year-old Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

De Gea arrived at Old Trafford four days after helping Spain win the UEFA European Under-21 Championship and said: "I feel very proud and can't wait to start playing for United. It's a great privilege to part of a club like this.

"When a club of this size comes in for you, it obviously makes you very happy. I'm keen to do my best and show what I can do."

Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson added: "He's a young goalkeeper, very quick, good composure, presence and an outstanding replacement for Edwin Van der Sar."

De Gea had a mixed first season at Old Trafford. He started as first choice, lost his place but then got back into the side and played a key role as the Red Devils finished second in the Barclays Premier League.

He played regularly in his second campaign as Man Utd won the title and his performances earned him a place in the Professional Footballers' Association Team of the Season.

De Gea missed just one match in the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League campaign and was selected in Spain's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

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  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Man Utd signed 20-year-old goalkeeper David de Gea from Atletico Madrid