We must be patient! Sir Alex praises Man United duo De Gea and Welbeck
Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United's patience with David De Gea and Danny Welbeck is paying off after their Madrid exploits
Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United must be patient with youngsters such as David Ge Gea and Danny Welbeck after the pair impressed in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Real Madrid.
The Spanish goalkeeper produced one of his best displays for United since joining from Atletico Madrid, with De Gea only beaten by a superb Cristiano Ronaldo header in the first-leg last-32 tie.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to Los Blancos after an indifferent season at United, but Ferguson believes that De Gea will continue to improve in the coming seasons, pointing to Peter Schmeichel’s late development.
“You have to show patience. If you think they have the ability then you have to be prepared to wait for that,” said Ferguson.
“Maturity helps [goalkeepers too]. There are very few goalkeepers who are the finished article at 20 years of age. There are some examples, like Gianluigi Buffon and Petr Cech. That’s not always the case.
“Peter Schmeichel didn’t join us until he was 27 and then gave us eight great years. Normally for goalkeepers it’s the mid-20s until you get the finished article.
“A good performance helps everyone. It gives them confidence, there’s no doubt about that. It won’t change him. He [De Gea] is a down-to-earth boy.”
Welbeck also ended his goal struggles with his first strike in 15 appearances for United at the Bernabeu and Ferguson was impressed by the England international’s temperament in a huge European night for the Red Devils.
“As for Danny, his goal won’t do him any harm. He’s not a boy who lacks confidence. He wasn’t fazed by the occasion,” he added.
“It’s a great boost for the younger players coming up behind him, those in the Academy like Danny was. He’s been with us since the age of nine.”