United number one spot is in safe hands again

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Filling the shoes – and gloves – of a goalkeeping legend is never going to be easy for the man chosen to replace Edwin Van der Sar at Manchester United.

But the man selected to fill such a huge void, David De Gea, arrives at Old Trafford with a glowing recommendation - from the Dutch Master himself.

The recently retired Dutch stopper has backed his successor to handle the pressure that comes with the job of keeping goal for one of the most illustrious clubs in the world.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson searched high and low for Van der Sar's replacement, and the 40-year-old believes his former club have found the right candidate to fill the void.

"They scouted all over Europe and found a couple of targets and they chose de Gea," he told ESPN Star. "Hopefully he's going to have a great career at Manchester United.


"He's very talented. He's already won a trophy with Atletico Madrid and the Spain Under 21 team so the prospect to do 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 that he can handle it."

Van der Sar played down suggestions that the departure of a number of key players for Manchester United over the past few years will have a negative impact on the side, and backed the new arrivals to rise to the challenge ahead next season.

Speaking to Channel News Asia in Singapore during United's Asia Trophy Tour he added: "I left and David is coming in. I think everybody else will adjust to a new player at the club.

"Ashley Young is coming and Phil Jones from Blackburn is coming in. With the help of the defenders, players and the coaching staff and goalkeeper coach, I think everything should be fine at the start of the season."

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