Schmeichel keeps faith in De Gea

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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has heaped praise on keeper signing David De Gea, insisting that the Spaniard is finding his feet in a very different league and team.

De Gea signed for United at the end of June for a reported fee of £18 million. The stopper has shown moments of brilliance, but occasional mistakes have led to opposition taking advantage of De Gea’s inexperience.

But Schmeichel, who made nearly 300 appearances for United and is thought to be one of the all-time top goalkeepers in the Barclays Premier League, says that the 20-year-old will make his mark by the end of the season.

“This is United and Old Trafford. It's different,” Schmeichel said.

“I have watched De Gea play in Spain and every time I saw him I was very impressed.

“He was impressive in the Under 21 Championship in the summer, too. But, as I say, this is different; even if you played at a club with a lot of pressure, like Atletico Madrid.”

Meanwhile, Chris Smalling has also praised De Gea’s hard work at United so far, with the young defender insisting he is destined to be a top player at Old Trafford.


“He is making some good saves,” Smalling said.

“His agility and kicking are excellent, we have seen that in pre-season. He’s going to be a top goalkeeper.”

United came out of their opening match with a 2-1 win against West Brom, and will look to keep up their unbeaten home record from last season when the side take on Tottenham at Old Trafford.

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