Paul Scholes: My player of the week - Manchester United's David de Gea

The United goalkeeper was sensational against Everton on Sunday

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In his latest column for The Independent, Paul Scholes talks about David De Gea...

My player of the weekend was David de Gea. His saves were crucial in Manchester United beating Everton and there was none better than the one from Leon Osman.

I do not think he had the best start to the season before then. It felt like every shot on goal was going in and you wondered whether Louis van Gaal might have a few concerns about him. On Sunday he was outstanding.

I have always thought that with the best goalkeepers – and especially Manchester United’s best goalkeepers – a large part of their success has been about their presence. Peter Schmeichel had it and Edwin van der Sar did too.

It is about being big but also being a character with a personality that allows you to impose yourself. With a top goalkeeper, you catch the opposition’s forward glancing across at him in the tunnel before the game. With Schmeichel and Van der Sar, you could imagine them thinking: “I am going to have to be good to score today.”

David does not have that physical presence yet, but he can develop that if he wants to. What he does have is a calm personality. He is a quiet lad but one who is capable of some great saves.

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