David De Gea has been at his very best in Manchester United's resurgence, and his journey to the top of his game has impressed another Old Trafford goalkeeping great.
But after a difficult start to his debut 2011/12 season, a spectacular performance in a 3-3 draw at Chelsea in 2012 was the making of De Gea.
"When David De Gea first came to the Premier League he was a small boy," Schmeichel said ahead of Man Utd's meeting with Liverpool on Sunday. "He looked like a small boy and he played like a small boy, and these are Sir Alex Ferguson's words, with big hands.
"He played Chelsea and he snapped into character with a couple of really incredible saves. From that moment on he has developed incredibly."
De Gea has since won one PL title, the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Europa League and Man Utd's Player of the Year on four occasions.
He is also one away from claiming 100 PL clean sheets.
"His physicality has changed. I think now if you ask himself, he's there, exactly where he wants to be," Schmeichel added.
"He's very often in the right position to make these kind of saves and he does it time and time again, and it's very impressive."