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“Can still be a big player” – Man United legend backs under-fire Red Devils star to rediscover lost touch

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Rio Ferdinand backs David de Gea to return to his best at Manchester United

According to Teamtalk (h/t Express), Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand expects David de Gea to rediscover his best form at the club.

The Spaniard has endured a difficult season where he has made a number of high-profile errors. Ferdinand however believes he has what it takes to retain his spot as the United number one.

De Gea’s errors have seen a section of the fanbase calling for him to be replaced by Dean Henderson. The United youngster is coming on the back of an excellent two-year loan at Sheffield United.

Rio Ferdinand expects David de Gea to rediscover his best form at Manchester United
Rio Ferdinand expects David de Gea to rediscover his best form at Manchester United

Despite the pressure on him, Ferdinand believes De Gea will come good. He has backed the 29-year-old to remind everyone why he was once the best keeper on the planet.

“De Gea has the ability to get back to where he was.”

Ferdinand believes De Gea has an excellent mentality and will be keen to rediscover his lost touch. With the player currently on a break, he is expected to return to action with renewed vigour.

Ferdinand and De Gea were teammates at United for three years
Ferdinand and De Gea were teammates at United for three years

“I think he can still be a big player for United, but he has a point to prove again now. He has had tough times before and has come back.”

Proven pedigree

De Gea has now spent nine years at the club since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011. Replacing a player of Edwin van der Sar’s calibre is not easy but the Spaniard proved himself up to the task.

A consistent performer, he was United’s best player on numerous occasions as the club struggled from manager to manager following Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.

David De Gea has served Manchester United with distinction
David De Gea has served Manchester United with distinction

Having spent three seasons playing with De Gea at Old Trafford, Ferdinand has first-hand knowledge of the Spaniard’s excellence.

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The United shot-stopper has made 405 appearances for the club in all competitions. This makes him the most-capped overseas United player in history.

The fact that he reached the milestone previously held by Peter Schmeichel is a testament to his ability and consistency.

Adversity has often brought the best out of United’s best players. Hopefully, De Gea too will showcase the same fighting spirit and get back to his best next season.