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15/02/2013 08:55

Papers: Developing De Gea

David McDonnell writes in The Mirror...

De Gea has overcome his dark moments
David de Gea overcame the “dark moments” that have blighted his time at Manchester United with a coming of age display against Real Madrid, according to Eric Steele. Danny Welbeck may have scored the vital away goal in United’s 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu, but it was the heroics of De Gea that earned Sir Alex Ferguson’s side the huge result. Steele was honest enough to admit De Gea has struggled at times during his 19-month spell at United, but said the young keeper retained the faith of Ferguson, his players and the coaching staff: “David might have dark moments but I think he keeps them away from the training ground and away from when he is preparing for games. If he is hurt he doesn’t show it. We teach him that the calmest man of the field has to be the goalkeeper. The one thing he has got is a fantastic inner strength. Any criticism literally flies off that quiff he has – in Spanish we call it cresta cabeza. He knew the change was going to be difficult. You bring a boy into the Premier League at 20 it’s not easy. But he’s 22 and has played in about 170 first-team games now [for United and Atletico Madrid]. Trust me, if you worked with him day by day, then you’d see he’s very mature for his age and will only get better.”

Ryan Giggs says Roy Hodgson is making a mistake by ignoring Rio Ferdinand, but he insists England’s loss is United’s gain as the Reds defender continues to produce some of his best form at club level: “We’re just happy that he’s playing so well for United,.” Giggs says. “England’s loss is our gain. The rest of the stuff we’re not too bothered about as long as he keeps putting in performances like that.”

Elsewhere, in the Telegraph, renowned journalist Henry Winter praises Phil Jones and explains why the youngster is a future captain for both United and England, saying “his performance in the Bernabéu showed what a commanding player he could become over the next decade.”

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