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There are two sides to David de Gea. There is the De Gea who works wonders in England and has won Manchester United's Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award a record four times, and the other side, the De Gea who succumbs to pressure when playing internationally or donning Spain's national team jersey.

When playing in the English Premier league, De Gea becomes an impassable force at Old Trafford in his United jersey.

In this capacity, the 28-year-old keeper scooped the coveted player of the year award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 and presently comes in at third best overall in the Premier League for most saves this season with 105, while, for example, his countryman Kepa Arrizabalaga, who plays for English rival Chelsea, is in the 16th position with 68 saves, ahead of famed Liverpool goalie Alisson Becker who has 64 saves.

Despite this, De Gea does not have the security of a top defense around him as fans saw when Barcelona's Lionel Messi dribbled past the English side's defender Phil Jones to slip a shot under De Gea in the Spanish team's 3-0 Champions League second leg victory Tuesday.

And while De Gea has pulled off 105 saves, he has managed to keep a clean sheet in only seven games this season.

During Manchester United's 1-0 first leg home defeat to Barcelona, De Gea could not keep out defender Luke Shaw's own goal but he made several saves, thanks to his reflexes that could be compared to the style of handball goalkeepers.

But that will not be recalled when talking about this tie that saw United eliminated 4-0 on aggregate.

De Gea blew his side's chances to advance to the semifinals of the Champions League after he let Messi find his way to the net for the second goal, committing a mistake similar to Spanish goalkeeper Luis Arconada's in the 1984 European Cup final against France.

The Spain international also made a similar mistake in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, which allowed Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo to score his second goal in the match that ended with a 3-3 draw.

De Gea does not perform as well for Spain when he finds himself in the spotlight but clearly loves the limelight when playing for United in the Premier League.

Now people will remember Tuesday's mistake more than those 11 saves he pulled off against Tottenham this season or the other 14 against Arsenal in 2017. EFE

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