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02/03/2012 09:30

Papers: De Gea needs to grow

Ian Ladyman writes in the Daily Mail...

Keeper De Gea needs British beef
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea needs to bulk up if he wants to become the complete Barclays Premier League goalkeeper. At 21 years old, De Gea has struggled to make the transition from Spain’s La Liga to the English game, especially when it comes to dealing with high balls into the penalty area. Several experts have suggested his relatively slight frame has made it easy for him to be knocked around and now Ferguson has revealed that conditioning staff are working hard with him in the gym. Ferguson said: “The boy has got talent. He’s lightning quick but has just found it difficult to adjust to some parts of the game here. It’s a matter of developing his frame. He’s doing a lot of work in the gym. If we can get maybe a stone on him without losing his flexibility or speed it would be a great boost to him.”

The Daily Mail has taken Sir Alex's quotes from the current issue of Inside United, which is in stores now. Subscriptions are available from www.manutd.com/magazine.

Meanwhile, in the Daily Mirror, Tom Cleverley targets his first England cap and a place at Euro 2012 after injury forced him to pull out of this week's international friendly with Holland. The United midfielder, attending the launch of the London 2012 Olympic football, told reporters: “My bad luck seems to be coming around on international breaks. But I don't feel I'm jinxed. I feel that if I can get fit and find some good form between now and the end of the season, that first cap will come.”

In the Manchester Evening News, Jonny Evans is aiming to kick Spurs out of the title race with victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday. “It is going to be really tough game when we go there,” Evans is quoted. “For us they are all important games, but if we can beat Tottenham, you would think we might rule them out.”

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