David de Gea kept a clean sheet in Spain’s 8-0 over Liechtenstein on Monday night.
Making his 15th appearance for La Roja, the 25-year-old was an untroubled figure all night as the home side steamrolled past the minnows in their first World Cup qualifier.
The Spaniard didn’t need to make any saves but was solid when it came to gathering crosses and distributing the ball.
De Gea expressed his delight at securing another clean sheet for his national side after the final whistle.
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) September 5, 2016
Often Manchester United’s saviour over the past three years, de Gea’s name has been hardly mentioned during Jose Mourinho’s first month at the club. Aside from a spectacular save against AFC Bournemouth, the Spaniard – now shielded by an emboldened, ruthless back four – has been hardly required to make any notable stops this season.
The fact that de Gea has been named Man United’s Player of the Year for the last three seasons is, whilst unmistakably positive on a personal level for the 25-year-old, a damning indictment of the side’s regression in potency during the post-Fergie era.
United fans will hope that de Gea, much like Edwin Van Der Saar at times, remains something of a spectator this season as the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic continue to assert themselves as chief headline makers this season.