De Gea was brought in during the summer as a replacement for the retired van der Sar, but has enjoyed mixed fortunes so far this season. Sharing the #1 spot with Anders Lindegaard, the young Spaniard was dropped following a weak display against Blackburn but has recently found himself back in the team.
On Sunday he was again the talk of the town following brilliant saves from a Juan Mata freekick and a Gary Cahill effort and now his predecessor has urged him to stand up to the pressure of the Premier League and of being United’s number 1:
“It’s always difficult if you’re coming into a new club and new league, especially the English one. It’s a very demanding one, can be a very tough one.
“He has to deal with that. They paid a lot of money for him and he has to come through that.”
“I was at Carrington and he (Scholes) was watching a training session and I said, ‘So, how do you like it?’.
“He said, ‘Not really. I miss it’. He was still there doing his work as an assistant coach with the reserve team so it was probably a little bit easier to get back in.
“I got a few text messages from friends saying, ‘What about you?’
“I’m quite happy at the moment. There’s no doubt in my mind.”