David De Gea

De Gea makes vow after setting a United record

Tuesday 05 January 2021 14:00

A proud David De Gea has vowed there is more to come in his Manchester United career, after the Spaniard set a club record for Premier League appearances by a non-British player.

The goalkeeper played his 327th match in the division when the Reds earned a vital 2-1 win over Aston Villa last Friday, thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford.

That game moved De Gea above Roy Keane’s tally of 326 outings and into fifth place on our all-time Premier League appearances chart, joining four of the biggest names in United's history.



David's old team-mate Wayne Rooney is fourth on the illustrious list with 393 league matches to his name, and the club’s all-time leading goalscorer is one place behind former club captain Gary Neville on 400. 

The iconic Paul Scholes occupies second spot with 499 games on his record and, as you might expect, our all-time top appearance maker Ryan Giggs is number one with 632 Premier League matches.
De Gea has quite a way to go before he overtakes those four stellar names from United’s past, but for now he can make do with joining what would be an incredible five-a-side team.

Premier League appearances: 
1: Ryan Giggs = 632 
2: Paul Scholes = 499
3: Gary Neville = 400
4: Wayne Rooney = 393
5: David De Gea = 327

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De Gea's last game was his 424th for United in all competitions and that drew him level with Jack Rowley (1937-1955) in the club’s history books. 

David is currently 22nd on the all-time list and Gary Pallister (1989-1998) is the next player he can overtake on 437 appearances, followed by Jack Silcock (1919-1934) on 449 appearances.

Barring injury, the Spaniard is likely to catch both of those ex-Reds before the 2020/21 season is finished and that would move him into 20th place on the all-time list, which is a great achievement.