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16/08/2011 10:00

Papers: Great Dane speaks up

Ian Ladyman writes in the Daily Mail...

Don’t worry! De Gea will shine, claims Schmeichel
Sir Alex Ferguson has been here before. A new season and an issue over his goalkeeper. The Manchester United manager will not panic and has no reason to. But after two games and two - arguably three - mistakes from young Spaniard David de Gea, Ferguson will hope his most important summer signing will settle down soon. It is difficult to carry goalkeepers who are low on confidence in the Barclays Premier League. This - among other things - is why previous United keepers such as Massimo Taibi and Mark Bosnich were jettisoned so quickly. But, with difficult games against Tottenham, Arsenal, Bolton and Chelsea coming up, former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel insists 20-year-old De Gea will find his sea legs despite the intense pressure of being at United. “This is United and Old Trafford. It's different,” said the Dane. “I have watched De Gea play in Spain and every time I saw him I was very impressed. He was impressive in the Under-21 Championship in the summer, too. But, as I say, this is different; even if you played at a club with a lot of pressure, like Atletico Madrid."

The Telegraph claims United will replicate the strength and conditioning programme used to acclimatise Javier Hernandez to English football with De Gea in order to bulk up the Spaniard’s physique. The paper quotes Reds fitness coach Tony Strudwick, who said: “The Premier League is not the same as La Liga. What the modern player can expect now is personal attention. They deserve that. The days of coming in at 9.30am, having a slice of toast, then jogging onto the training pitch are gone.”
Elsewhere in The Guardian, Chris Smalling says the Reds have enough strength in depth to cover the defensive injury crisis that has sidelined Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Rafael.

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