Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says that new goalkeeper David de Gea displays an important quality that makes him comparable to Edwin van der Sar: the stopper knows how to use his feet.
"I’ve seen David playing a few times on TV and I noticed one similarity with Edwin van der Sar straight away: he’s good with his feet,” Ferdinand told the official Manchester United website.
"Edwin was so calm and passing the ball back to him was like passing to one of the other players on the pitch, not a goalkeeper.
"At Manchester United that’s important – you need the goalkeeper to play and be a part of the team, and I think De Gea’s got that in his game."
De Gea signed for United on June 29 for a reported £18 million fee, and ended a prolonged search to replace outgoing gloveman Van der Sar, with the Barclays Premier League champions linked with numerous potential acquisitions.
At the time, Sir Alex Ferguson said that the 20-year-old would be the perfect replacement for the retired Dutchman.
"He's a young goalkeeper, very quick, good composure, presence, and an outstanding replacement,” said the United boss.
"We were looking for the same type of qualities as Edwin, because the one great quality Edwin always had was his composure and organisational ability. With David De Gea, he is very similar that way."