Sir Alex Ferguson believes David De Gea has shown the same stubborn streak as Steve Kean in turning his debut season at Manchester United into a success story.

When Blackburn beat United at Old Trafford on New Year's Eve it appeared to signal a temporary halt to De Gea's campaign. He was left out for four games, including key wins at Manchester City and Arsenal, and if deputy Anders Lindegaard had not picked up an ankle injury in training, the Spain Under-21 star might have remained on the sidelines for the rest of the season.

Instead, De Gea returned against Chelsea, produced a magnificent save to repel an injury-time free-kick by Juan Mata, and has not looked back, with Ferguson saying: "It's similar to what we were saying about Steve Kean. He got a grip of it and stood up as a man."

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