De Gea under more pressure because he plays for Man United

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is under more scrutiny because he plays for the Premier League champions, according to United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, The Manchester Evening News reports. The Spaniard has been criticised for his recent performances, but will play for United against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The £18m summer signing has been in the firing line all season and his slender frame has been cited for the reason that he has not performed. De Gea was blamed for Liverpool’s victory over United at Anfield last weekend and has also been criticised for performances against Blackburn and Manchester City in the Community Shield. Ferguson insists that the 21 year old is under more pressure, because he is at Old Trafford, and would be free of pressure playing at any other side.

The United boss said: ‘When you make a mistake at United, it is highlighted and can be exaggerated a little bit. They are mistakes and he wants to address it himself. He will do through maturity and the understanding of the English game. It is harder when you are replacing Edwin van der Sar and Peter Schmeichel. They are probably two of the greatest goalkeepers in European football over the last 40 years.’

‘That is not easy. I found it difficult to replace them. That’s why we went for a young replacement, who would develop and mature into the position because the potential is there. The boy has got a great talent. He has made two or three mistakes but in two or three years’ time we won’t be discussing that at all because he will have matured. Then he will be realising his potential’, Ferguson said.

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