De Gea expected to hold Man United starting place

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will hold his place in goal against Stoke City tonight and face the aerial threat that the Potters possess, The Telegraph reports. In the meeting between the two sides earlier this season, the Spaniard was bombarded as United drew 1-1 at the Britannia Stadium.

De Gea is suffering from a confidence crisis and has not featured in a Premier League game since the shock home defeat to Blackburn on December 31st. The Spaniard returned for the FA Cup fixture on Saturday, but was blamed for the first Liverpool goal after he failed to deal with the ball in the box. Stoke are expected to target the young Man United goalkeeper and De Gea will have to stand up and deal with the pressure.

Anders Lindegaard was expected to feature ahead of the 21 year old, but he turned his ankle in training and is unlikely to play against Stoke. De Gea’s stature and physical size has been criticised, but Ferguson has confidence he will get better and is hoping he can produce a good performance. The United boss knows what Stoke are going to offer at Old Trafford and is relishing the battle, as his side look to keep the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the table.

Ferguson said: ‘You know what Tony Pulis’s team will be like, they are the same all the time. They will be 100 per cent committed and they always get stuck in. You have to cope with that. To be honest, I always enjoy it too. It was like when we used to play Wimbledon. No one used to look forward to playing against them but my team started to as it was a physical challenge and in terms of taking the ball, and playing football. Stoke are a different team altogether but they still have the same qualities of never giving in.’

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