Sir Alex Ferguson backs David de Gea to fulfil potential at Man United
Sir Alex Ferguson is confident David de Gea will adapt to the Premier League and realise his potential at Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson believes David de Gea will be a success at Manchester United, despite the Spanish goalkeeper’s tough introduction to Premier League football.
The 21-year-old goalkeeper completed a reported £18.9m transfer from Atletico Madrid in the summer but the Spain Under-21 international has struggled in England, making a string of high-profile errors.
However, Ferguson, who has picked both Anders Lindegaard and De Gea this term, insists the Spaniard is well placed to enjoy a successful career at Old Trafford.
“The boy has got a great talent there is no doubt about that,” Ferguson told United’s website.
“He has made two or three mistakes coming into the game at 20 years of age, he is 21 now, but in two or three years’ time we won’t be discussing that at all because he will have matured. He will realise his potential then.
“At the moment he has found it difficult coming into the English game.
“The first goal at Liverpool in the FA Cup was a case in point. He was crowded out. Our own players created a problem with so many players around him. They didn’t give him any room to manoeuvre. He would never have experienced that in Spain so that was difficult for him.”
Ferguson admits De Gea always faced a tough assignment in replacing Edwin van der Sar, leaving the Spaniard as the subject of intense scrutiny following the Dutchman’s trophy-filled career with the Red Devils.
But the 70-year-old manager believes he has made the right choice in signing a young goalkeeper as opposed to a more experienced shot-stopper.
“It is highlighted when you make a mistake at United,” added Ferguson. “It can be exaggerated a little bit. But there are mistakes and he wants to address it himself. He will do through maturity and the understanding of the English game.
“It is harder when you are replacing someone like Edwin van der Sar and Peter Schmeichel – they are probably two of the greatest goalkeepers in European football over the last 40 years.
“We felt we should go for a young keeper who would develop and mature into the position because the potential is there.”