Date: 6th July 2011 at 7:25pm
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The task of filling Edwin van der Sar’s gloves was never going to be easy whoever was assigned the job.

The fact that the onus has been placed on the shoulders of a 20 year old in David may be worrying to some but his performances both for Spain and former club Atletico suggest that he may be more than capable.

Upon signing for United, European Cup winner endorsed the Spaniard and others including have joined in praising the goalkeeper but now he has received the highest praise possible as the man he was signed to replace has spoken out in his favour.

called time on his career in May but is confident the man brought in to replace him can go on to be a success at Old Trafford.

Speaking to ESPN Star, van der Sar said:

“They (United) scouted all over Europe and found a couple of targets and they chose de Gea.

“Hopefully he’s going to have a great career at Manchester United.

“He’s very talented. He’s already won a trophy with Atletico and the Spain Under-21 team so the prospect of him doing well is there.

“Everybody has to be his own person but I’ve met him. I’ve spoken to him and it looks to me as though he can handle it.”