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Sir Alex backs underfire Man Utd keeper De Gea

Sir Alex backs underfire Man Utd keeper De Gea

Sir Alex Ferguson has offered his full backing for Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea. The former Atletico Madrid shot stopper will be recalled to the first team due to a long term injury to Anders Lindegaard.

Sir Alex has recalled De Gea to the first team for this weekend's crunch match with Chelsea, and Sir Alex has backed the 19 million GBP man to prove his worth. De Gea has been criticised this year for making several high profile errors.

Ferguson said: "The boy has got a great talent. He has made two or three mistakes but in two or three years' time we won't be discussing that at all because he will have matured. Then he will be realising his potential.

"When you make a mistake at United, it is highlighted and can be exaggerated a little bit. They are mistakes and he wants to address it himself. He will do through maturity and the understanding of the English game.

"It is harder when you are replacing Edwin van der Sar and Peter Schmeichel. They are probably two of the greatest goalkeepers in European football over the last 40 years.

"That is not easy. I found it difficult to replace them. That's why we went for a young replacement, who would develop and mature into the position because the potential is there."