Ferdinand: We had doubts about De Gea

first_imgManchester United ‘There were doubts’ – Ferdinand admits Man Utd team-mates didn’t have faith in De Gea Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 11:49 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() David de Gea Manchester United Sevilla Champions League CRISTINA QUICLER Manchester United David de Gea Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla UEFA Champions League The goalkeeper starred against Sevilla on Wednesday but one former team-mate had initial doubts regarding the goalkeeper Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand revealed he and his team-mates doubted whether David de Gea would go on to become a world-class goalkeeper following his arrival in 2011.De Gea produced a wonderful performance to earn United a goalless draw at Sevilla in the opening leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, pawing away Luis Muriel’s point-blank header in a moment of brilliance on Wednesday.It further strengthened De Gea’s case as the best goalkeeper in the world amid constant speculation of a possible move to Real Madrid, however, it has not been all smooth sailing for the Spain international at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player De Gea initially struggled with the physicality of the Premier League after being lured from boyhood club Atletico Madrid as a baby-faced Spaniard seven years ago.”We were talking before, when he first came, even as players we were sitting there with doubts really,” Ferdinand told BT Sport .”A young kid just coming to Manchester United, and we needed to win every year.”How were we going to do that with a young kid, who was inexperienced and looked like he was lacking confidence?”But you look where he is today and that’s a sign of someone who has worked hard to get where he needs to get.”8 – David de Gea has made eight saves against Sevilla, the most for a Manchester United goalkeeper in a Champions League game since Edwin van der Sar vs Barcelona in May 2011 (8). Hero. pic.twitter.com/OpxZQSzK9p — OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 21, 2018 De Gea and United are back in action on Sunday, when they welcome Antonio Conte’s Chelsea to the Theatre of Dreams. Jose Mourinho’s side will welcome Sevilla to Old Trafford on March 13 for the second leg of their Champions League tie.last_img

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