Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea wants to match Edwin Van der Sar's contribution at Old Trafford.

The Dutch stopper helped United to three European Cup finals in four years, while also breaking the record for the most minutes without conceding a goal in a single league season.

The Spaniard has had a difficult time of it since his move from Athletico Madrid in the summer, and feels if he can become more like Van der Sar he can only improve between the sticks for the Premier League champions.

"Hopefully, I'll equal or even surpass the performance and contribution Edwin made," said De Gea.

"Let's face it, all keepers make mistakes once in a while, and none of us like it when we do.

"Errors happen but I've gone on to be more confident. The style of play here is more physical and as a goalkeeper you've got to be right on it."

Mistakes in the Community Shield and then in his league debut against West Bromwich Albion prompted a change of fortunes for the 21-year-old, with his penalty save against Arsenal the highlight of his opening season.

However, De Gea's error against Blackburn Rovers led to United's New Years Eve defeat as they missed the chance to top the Barclays Premier League, but the stopped is unfazed.

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