Manchester United's De Gea not there yet

David de Gea

A former Manchester United goalkeeper has said David de Gea has won his battle for the number one spot.

Alex Stepney, veteran goalkeeper of Manchester United's history making 1968 European Cup winning side, has had his say on the club's goalkeeping situation.

He told the Manchester Evening News: "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. 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 De Gea has won the battle."

And he's right, the rotation has stopped in recent games, but in our opinion he's getting slightly ahead to say David de Gea has won the battle.

In dropping the Spaniard after just two Premier League games, Sir Alex Ferguson made one thing pertinently clear; that for the season ahead - the duel for the number one spot was ongoing.

De Gea may be ahead now, but he has no guarantee, and he certainly knows that.

Ferguson has let both goalkeepers know they will get a fair chance, and importantly- that mistakes will not be tolerated.

This approach could have backfired, in making both De Gea and Lindegaard nervous and even more error-prone, but it hasn't happened. Both goalkeepers have risen to the challenge.

But it's too early to declare De Gea the winner in this topsy turvy contest. Both players will have more opportunities to stake their claim over the coming season, and what the gaffer has shown is that he is not afraid to shake things up.

De Gea is yet to convince many neutrals of his credentials, beyond his excellent shot stopping. This season is his chance to do it, but our opinion is its just that bit too premature to get ahead and say he's nailed down the starting spot, when he's a single mistake away from losing it.

He has it for now, but he knows more than anyone, one mistake is all it takes, and then it's over to the Dane.

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