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.”
Having seen Paul Scholes return last season, the Dutch stopper also took the time to dispelled any notion of a comeback.
“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.”