Edwin van der Sar hopes the repeated comparisons to his own stellar Manchester United career do not become too much of a burden for David de Gea.

After a difficult start to his time at United, De Gea just about ended on the positive side of the ledger. Sir Alex Ferguson is optimistic the 21-year-old will benefit massively from last term's experiences and his predecessor has told De Gea to forget about those who came before him.

"Maybe it was hard to follow in my footsteps," said Van der Sar. "It can happen. People got compared to Peter Schmeichel, now maybe it's me. De Gea has to ignore that and just play his own game. Eric Steele, the goalkeeping coach, and the manager will both help him and hopefully next season he will be ready from the start."

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