June, and De Gea subsequently linked up with his new team-mates on the pre-season tour of North America.
Despite his tender years, De Gea enjoyed a largely successful first campaign in Manchester. And having endured a baptism of fire from the media, who unfairly scrutinised his every move, he adapted well to the English game.
Unfortunately, that first season ended with title heartbreak on the final day; an experience which stood him in good stead during the 2012/13 campaign when, along with his team-mates, the Barclays Premier League title was reclaimed at a canter.
De Gea was a standout figure throughout his second season, earning a place in the prestigious PFA Team of the Year whilst finishing third in the fans' voting or the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award.
Perhaps what is more encouraging for De Gea is the road that lies ahead, and the potential for years of service as United's premier glovesman.