It is anticipated De Gea will return to the United line-up for Wednesday's Premier League encounter with West Ham at Old Trafford after missing three games when he had his wisdom teeth removed. With Andy Carroll leading their attack, the Hammers seem certain to be taking the aerial route to goal and exploiting what appears to be the major weakness in De Gea's game. And the 22-year-old knows that will put him back in the line of fire for his many critics.
"I am at a huge club and there are big demands on you," De Gea told United Review.
"As a goalkeeper I am well aware that any mistake can be magnified by the press and the fans. That's always the case for goalkeepers, no matter where you play.
"But it's true that here at Manchester United there's added pressure.
"It's bigger than it was for me at Atletico Madrid and also for the Spain Under-21 team.
"It's a challenge that's enjoyable and it ensures you're always striving to operate at 100%."