Date: 14th November 2012 at 10:46am
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David has won the battle to become Manchester United’s #1 according to former keeper Alex Stepney.

Stepney, who tasted European success with at Wembley in 1968, has long been a fan of David and feels that De Gea has now secured his starting place in Sir Alex’s team.

initially said the position would be rotated between the Spaniard and Anders Lindegaard but 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…  are obviously still conceding too many goals but I don’t think that is down to or any lack of understanding now. I don’t think you could blame him, for instance, for the two goals at Aston Villa.

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 has won the battle.”