David de Gea has been a mainstay of Manchester United training since joining Old Trafford ten years ago.
Many came and left around this time – including the legendary manager Sir alex ferguson – but one man at least provided a source of continuity.
United spent £ 18.9million on a goalkeeper who in his heyday could claim to be the best in the world.
However, in the midst of the emergence of academy graduate Dean Henderson, who was preferred between positions in recent weeks, could United now be heading towards the end of an era?
Here’s our guide to the 10 players who played alongside by Géa on his Premier League debut, in a 2-1 win at West Brom in August 2011.
Chris Smalling – Manchester’s path to Serie A has been well mapped over the past 18 months or so. After racking up nearly 300 appearances in all competitions for United, the center-back made a £ 13.6million transfer to Rome during the summer transfer window – following a first loan in the Italian capital.
Rio Ferdinand – Arriving from big rival Leeds United in 2002, the former England international enjoyed 12 years of success at Old Trafford – winning six Premier League titles and 14 major honors in total. Ferdinand hung up his boots in 2015 and now works as an expert, in addition to his other businesses.
Nemanja Vidic – Absolute colossus behind United between 2006 and 2014, the pragmatic Serbian is considered one of the club’s best signing in the Premier League. Winning five titles – and the Champions League in 2018 – Vidic has faded somewhat since he ended his illustrious playing career in 2016.
Fabien – Still playing and only 30 years old, the Brazilian, who shared life at Old Trafford with his twin brother Rafael, has played 19 games for the French team Nantes in Ligue 1 so far this campaign. Having featured regularly, however, he hasn’t started for two months now.
Ashley Young – One of three former United players now with elected Italian champions Inter Milan, the winger-turned-winger has made 38 appearances in total for the rejuvenated Serie A giants, who are closing in on their first crown since being in ‘They won five consecutive championships between 2006 and 2010. It doesn’t seem that long ago that Young played such a crucial role for England in the 2018 World Cup.
Anderson – His playing career was something of a curious case. Anderson signed for United in 2007 and came with a lot of promise, but the Brazilian has only had 105 Premier League outings in eight years. At only 32, he was appointed deputy manager of Adana Demirspor (Turkey) last year.
Tom Cleverley – Deemed talented enough to win 13 caps for England between 2012 and 2013, the club’s academy graduate was another man who had to leave Old Trafford in order to secure a guaranteed place in the first team. After two years at Everton, the 31-year-old is currently in his fourth season with the Championship side Watford, who are aiming for promotion on the first attempt.
Wayne Rooney – United’s opener at the Hawthorns that day, the former England captain of course broke the club’s all-time scoring record before leaving Old Trafford in 2017. After stints with DC United and Returning to childhood club Everton, the 35-year-old is currently embracing his first managerial role in County Derby.
Nani – Best known for his eight-year stint with United, which started so memorable – with a Premier League and Champions League brace in his debut season – the Portuguese is now plying his trade in MLS. Now in the twilight of his career at 34, Nani and Orlando City are set to launch their final charge in the United States this month.
Danny Welbeck – After loans with Preston and Sunderland, de Gea’s debut marked the start of what was a decisive season for Welbeck at Old Trafford. A total of 20 goals in 53 starts followed, before he left just three years later in 2014. Now with Brighton in danger of relegation, the former England striker has scored four goals this season – amid injury setbacks.