Stepney, who tasted European success with United at Wembley in 1968, has long been a fan of David De Gea and feels that De Gea has now secured his starting place in Sir Alex’s team.
Sir Alex initially said the position would be rotated between the Spaniard and Anders Lindegaard but De Gea has now started all games since the 2-1 victory over Liverpool back in September.
Whilst Lindegaard has done nothing to lose his place, De Gea’s good form has seen him force his way into Sir Alex’s first team plans and Stepney now believes the position is De Gea’s to lose.
Speaking to the MEN, Stepney said:
“Unless David makes a huge mistake like he did against Fulham, I think he will keep his place and be the permanent keeper in the Premier League for United… United are obviously still conceding too many goals but I don’t think that is down to De Gea or any lack of understanding now. I don’t think you could blame him, for instance, for the two goals at Aston Villa.
“Sir Alex did say he was going to continue rotating the two of them but made the point if one did demand he was chosen regularly by his performances, then so be it. David could be close to that now.
“Anders Lindegaard is still going to need his matches because you cannot afford to let one of them become rusty but it does seem in the Premier League that De Gea has won the battle.”