Date: 15th August 2011 at 5:10pm
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Yesterday highlighted the fact that although great things are predicted of David de Gea, he`s not the finished article.

The young Spaniard, who came in for some criticism after his errors in the Community Shield, committed another blooper when he allowed Shane Long`s blooper to slip through his grasp to give West Brom an equaliser.

But, after the match, Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to give the youngster a vote of confidence reminding everybody that one of the best we`ve ever seen between the sticks didn`t have the easiest of starts, commenting to the assembled journalists,

“Welcome to England. David de Gea should have done better with it. He took a battering in the second half and should have got more protection from the referee.”

“He had to withstand that. It`s good experience for him. The boy is 20 and he is a work in progress. You just have to give him a pat on the head.”

“My recollection of goalkeepers from Europe is it takes time.”

“Schmeichel was the same, I think it was at Wimbledon on a Wednesday night. They gave him a torrid time. Then at home to Leeds, Peter lost a really bad goal. But he went on to be the best goalkeeper ever.”

The big question being though is – How many slip-ups can we afford De Gea to make?

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