Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has backed goalkeeper David de Gea to become a huge hit at Old Trafford.

The Spanish stopper arrived at the club from Atletico Madrid with expectations high, but errors against West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal have left fans and pundits alike raising questions about the 20-year-old.

However, Rooney is confident that after a bedding-in period with the Red Devils, De Gea will go on to show his immense potential for many years to come.

"David is obviously a good shot-stopper," said Rooney, currently away with England on international duty.

"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.


 

"He is still young and has probably got a lot to learn, but he is working hard and doing well in training."

Signed for £18.3 million after claiming the U21 European Championship with his country, the pressure is understandably great on Edwin Van der Sar's successor.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson clearly has faith in the player, and Rooney believes his strong mental attitude will help him through the tough times with the club.

"He is a strong character. After the Manchester City game, and then West Brom, he didn't seem to be affected," added Rooney.

"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."

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