De Gea reaches a milestone game
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has entered the top 20 on the club's all-time appearances list by playing in today's Premier League match against Everton at Old Trafford.
The Spanish shot-stopper now has 450 games to his name, one more than Jack Silcock who had previously occupied 20th position.
Now in his 11th season with the club, De Gea could soon overtake some illustrious names from the last few decades with Rio Ferdinand currently on 455, Martin Buchan on 456 and Bryan Robson a little further ahead on 461.
De Gea is the second highest goalkeeper in the standings with Alex Stepney, on 539, being the only no.1 ahead of him.
The third member of that specialist group, Peter Schmeichel, racked up an impressive 398 appearances in his eight years with the club, a period he has documented in his new autobiography. Published earlier this week, it's appropriately titled One.
De Gea has made an impressive opening to the 2021/22 campaign, starting eight of United's nine games.
And although he faces some stiff competition for his place, from England internationals Dean Henderson and Tom Heaton, the man we signed from Atletico Madrid back in 2011 will be hoping to continue his fine form between the sticks and keep climbing that appearances list as the season continues.