De Gea is the first non-British or Irish player to reach the milestone for the club, and only the 11th Red in total.
In a wide-ranging Q&A with club media, our long-standing no.1 tells us how special it feels, as he looks back on his move from Atletico Madrid and reviews his relationship with United fans and the city of Manchester. He also talks about his ambitions for the future, as there’s still plenty the 31-year-old wants to achieve at Old Trafford.
The video interview concludes with David watching and talking about some of his finest saves and performances in a red shirt, so make sure you view until the end…
So David, 500 games for Manchester United. It’s something only 10 players in the history of the club have managed. How special of an achievement is that for you?
“Yeah, I think it’s something crazy. To play 500 games for this club is very special for me, of course, but probably I will realise more when I stop playing football, when I retire and then look back and say ‘OK, I played more than 500 games for a massive club like United.’ I’m super proud and it’s amazing, to be honest.”
When you first signed from Atletico, you were obviously a really ambitious 20-year-old, but even in your wildest dreams could you have imagined playing this many times for this great club?
“Like you say, I was very ambitious but this is a big achievement. Like I say, it’s crazy and I never imagined to play more than 500 games for this club so I’m very proud, super happy and hopefully [there’s] much more to come.”
How many games did you expect to play?
“I don’t know. To be honest you never think about how many games you’re going to play, just be game-by-game and try to be fit and ready for the games, not thinking about how many you’re going to play.”