Edwin van der Sar backs his successor at Old Trafford

Edwin van der Sar has backed new Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea to be a success at Old Trafford, and feels the 20-year-old can handle the pressure of becoming the Premier League champions’ number one.

The former Holland international retired at the end of the 2010/11 season, and his Spanish successor faces a battle to win over Reds fans.

“They (United) scouted all over Europe and found a couple of targets and they chose de Gea, Hopefully he’s going to have a great career at Manchester United,” the former Fulham goalkeeper told ESPN Star.

The 40-year-old also revealed that he was impressed with the new man’s career to date and that they had spoken.

“He’s very talented. He’s already won a trophy with Atletico Madrid and the Spain Under 21 team so the prospect of him doing well is there. Everybody has to be his own person but I’ve met him. I’ve spoken to him and it looks to me as though he can handle it,” Van der Sar concluded.

De Gea will most likely make his United debut in the Premier League opener against West Brom at the Hawthorns on August 13.