January 7th, in the FA Cup match against Everton in the early hours of this morning, Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea
Gea’s appearances on behalf of the club came to 511 games, which also allowed him to occupy the 10th place in the club’s historical appearances list, ahead of him was Dennis Irvine with 529 games.
In an interview with the club’s official media, Irwin was also asked about the possibility of De Gea’s club playing more than himself. In this regard, he said: "This is life! Records are made to be broken. My number of appearances is
529 games, I’m next and I’m sure De Gea will achieve that this season, what he’s done this season has been fantastic for us."
"He’s our No. 1 goalkeeper, he’s going to be here for a while, he’s a major part of our team going forward, I’m sure he’ll easily pass me, and he’ll easily pass the guys in front of me again.
I think there’s a lot of reasons why he’s playing so many games, first of all because he’s been playing well."
"Because normally when a player hits that number of appearances it’s usually a local player from England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland, and in this day and age very few players from the rest of the world reach that milestone. So
, he performed very well.”
"Of course, he’s got a lot of time and hopefully he can continue to play at this club. I think it’s a huge achievement, I really think so, the fact that he’s been at this club for 11 or 12 years makes him
We hope he can continue to play here for many more years."
"I think it’s only when you look back at the end of your career that you realize what you’ve achieved at this club. I spent 12 years at this club, I played more than 500 games,
As I said, I played with some great players and we won some trophies under a great manager."
"But when I look back on my career, to have played over 500 games at this great club is a huge achievement. To have played 529 games for a club of this size, especially as I come from Ireland, I know Manchester United is a family.
What a club, it’s fantastic to be able to do that. De Gea has also done that, so he’s done a fantastic job."
"I think De Gea is a legend at the club, there’s no question about it, the amount of time he’s been at this club and the amount of games he’s played. But I would say, Stoop
Ney was a great goalkeeper in his own time and if De Gea does surpass him in appearances it would be another great achievement and become the most capped goalkeeper in the club’s history."
"I think we still have a lot of games to play and the positive thing is that the manager hasn’t changed much. De Gea played a lot in the first half and I’m sure he will be able to do the same in the second half. Fact
We still have a couple of cups to play and hopefully we can go further in the cups as well, that will put Stepney’s record (539) within reach, let’s hope De Gea does it