De Gea has been subjected to enormous criticism throughout his short Red Devils career.
Prior to the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid, Sir Alex Ferguson likened the 22-year-old's development to a toddler learning how to walk.
Well, he was certainly walking tall in the Bernabeu, making a string of fine saves, including one with his feet, to ensure United grabbed the draw which makes them slight favourites to progress.
But De Gea knows the job is only half done. And he is expecting it to be equally tough in the second leg at Old Trafford on March 5.
"The party is not over," he said.
"We are talking about Real Madrid, one of the world's best. They still have to come to us.
"It was a good result for us though, one we deserved."
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