Rooney backs De Gea after slow start

Wayne Rooney has sprung to the defence of new Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea after a number of high profile mistakes in the early part of the 2011-12 season, and feels the Spaniard will be an excellent signing.

The Premier League champions signed the 21-year-old from Atletico Madrid for £18.3 million in the summer as a replacement for outgoing Edwin van der Sar, and the England forward has been impressed with the new stopper.

“David is obviously a good shot-stopper. I hadn’t seen much of him before he signed, but that was something I saw immediately. Also his passing out from the back is alongside Edwin’s. He rarely kicks long to a forward,” the striker told The Daily Mail.

De Gea made mistakes to gift goals to Manchester City and West Brom in the first two games of the season for the Old Trafford outfit, but has appeared to bounce back in recent fixtures.

“He is still young and has probably got a lot to learn, but he is working hard and doing well in training. He is a strong character. After the Manchester City game, and then West Brom, he didn’t seem to be affected.

“He was on the training pitch the next day, working hard. The last couple of games he’s done well for us and he will only get better the more he plays,” Rooney concluded.