Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that he has confidence in new goalkeeper David de Gea, and that the Spaniard can become as good as Chelsea stopper Petr Cech.
The former Atletico Madrid youngster has big shoes to fill following the retirement of Edwin ven der Sar, but the Scot feels, despite his age, that he has all the attributes to be a success.
“He’s young, he’s quick and he has fantastic presence and composure. His use of the ball is outstanding. So all of these plus points are things that don’t go away. He’s got these natural things,” the manager is reported to have said in The Telegraph.
“I went to see Petr Cech when he was at Rennes. He was 19 years of age at the time and I said to myself, ‘yeah, he’s too young’. But Chelsea bought him not long afterwards for £7 million or something and he’s never been out of the team.
“So youth, age, doesn’t matter when you have the ability of a goalkeeper like Petr Cech, or we know David De Gea has,” he said.
The international goalkeeper has been joined at Old Trafford this summer by Ashley Young and Phil Jones, and Fergie is keen to get the new players bedded into the team as soon as possible.
“Obviously, De Gea joins us in Seattle, along with Phil Jones, so it’ll be good to get them involved right away as we’re not too far away from the start of the season, so we’ve got a bit of work to do there.
“They are the future of the club, there’s no question. With the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, we’ve got the three best centre-backs in the country – young ones,” he concluded.