Ferguson knows best with youngsters

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Sir Alex Ferguson has put his faith in David De Gea this season, with the Manchester United manager insisting that mistakes will be made as his keeper gets used to the Barclays Premier League.

De Gea has had a mixed start to the season, making some brilliant saves, including a penalty from Robin van Persie in United’s 8-2 demolition of Arsenal. But the stopper has had some trouble in the more simple moments, and has occasionally looked shaky and nervous behind the Red Devils' stalwart defenders.

But Ferguson, who is well known for choosing the best young talent in England, Europe and the world over, believes the 20-year-old will be fantastic once he gets the hang of life at United.

“David made a couple of mistakes in his first games, which we didn't expect and nor did he. It was unusual because his form at Atletico Madrid as an 18-year-old was sensational,” Ferguson told Inside United.

“There is no doubt we have a player of great potential. Our job at this club is to realise that potential and make sure he becomes a top goalkeeper.”

Ferguson revealed that working on De Gea’s physical aspects of his game is taking precedence right now, with the manager arguing that it will take time for the stopper to get to where he needs to be.

“He’ll do that once he gains experience and adapt to the physical nature of the league. It is a different game here compared to Spain - there are more crosses to deal with and there is more contact. Bit by bit, we will get there with him," the manager said.


Another youngster who Ferguson believes has shown great potential is Paul Pogba, who plays for the United reserve squad.

Ferguson has said that the France Under 19 international could get his senior debut in the side’s Carling Cup match up with Leeds.

He added: "Pogba's in the first-team training set-up now, so that's the first step.

"After that, it'll likely depend on when we decide to make changes. He'll probably be involved in the League Cup and that'll be his chance to establish himself in the squad."

Pogba shared his excitement at his progress with United so far, insisting that every day he’s getting closer to the dream of first team experience.

"Sir Alex gave me confidence by picking me for the pre-season game against Marseille in August. So I know I’m on the right track.

"Everyone at the club is great – they look after young players well. We have a laugh and there’s a special atmosphere."

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