Man United legend Rio Ferdinand admits he was wrong about David De Gea
The Man United legend admits he was initially wrong about Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea
Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he doubted David De Gea would help Manchester United to win silverware when the goalkeeper moved to Old Trafford in 2011.
The Spanish shot stopper completed an £18m switch to Manchester United from La Liga side Atletico Madrid in the 2011 summer transfer window.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed De Gea to replace Dutch legend Edwin van der Sar following the Spanish goalkeeper’s impressive form for los Rojiblancos in La Liga and Europe.
Just 21, De Gea struggled during the 2011-12 season to prompt criticism of the Manchester United shot stopper.
However, the Madrid-born goalkeeper made adjustments to his game and was a key part of their Premier League title success in 2012-13.
De Gea has since established himself as the Premier League’s best goalkeeper ahead of Chelsea number one Thibaut Courtois and Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris.
The 27-year-old produced eight saves to help Manchester United keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw with Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand admitted that he was initially wrong in his judgement of De Gea at Old Trafford.
“When he first came, as players we were sitting there with doubts [about De Gea],” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“He was a young kid just coming to Manchester United – we needed to win every year.
“How were we going to do that with a young inexperienced kid who looks like he’s lacking confidence?
“Where he is today, that’s a sign or someone who’s worked hard and got to where he needs to get.”
De Gea has won the Premier League title, the Europa League, the FA Cup and the League Cup.