Sir Alex Ferguson backs David de Gea as long-term Man United stopper

Sir Alex Ferguson believes David de Gea can replace Edwin van der Sar but the Spaniard will compete with Anders Lindegaard

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Sir Alex Ferguson's side knocked rivals City out of the FA Cup on Sunday Photo: The Sport Review

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Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea is the right the choice to replace Edwin van der Sar.

Van der Sar retired last summer after six years at Old Trafford and Ferguson splashed out £18.9m to bring De Gea to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid.

But the 21-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular spot in Ferguson’s side and was at fault for Blackburn Rovers’ winner on New Years Eve when United lost 3-2.

“De Gea is the long-term prospect, there is no question about that,” Ferguson said. “Anders Lindegaard has done very well. He has provided tremendous opposition to David. But the potential of David is obvious.”

De Gea and Lindegaard have shared the goalkeeping duties at United this season – the Spanish shot-stopper has made 19 appearances, while his 27-year-old Danish counterpart has featured in eight games.

Ferguson insists that he intends to continue rotating the two goalkeepers despite his decision to play Lindegaard ahead of the Spaniard for their 3-2 victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup third round.

“We have been leaving De Gea out of games quite regularly,” he said. “There has been a nice mix of opportunities for Anders Lindegaard, playing in Europe and some of the league games.

“Just because he De Gea has lost two bad goals against Blackburn doesn’t mean that all of a sudden we are neglecting that part of both of them playing.”

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