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Van der Sar pleased with De Gea progress

7 May 2012 19:52

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has heaped praise on the club's current number one, David de Gea.

De Gea joined the Old Trafford outfit for an approximate fee of 17 million pounds from Spanish club Atletico Madrid last June.

Early mistakes against Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion saw the shot-stopper come in for plenty of criticism.

But de Gea has responded and his efforts in goal have regularly saved Manchester United points in the Premier League, in which they sit in second place on goal difference with one game to play.

"It was a big (move) coming from La Liga to play in England in Barclays Premier League," van der Sar said.

"It's a completely different situation.

"There is much more high pressure, high balls, throw ins, you don't get fouls that easily, you really have to be fouled quite obvious before you get a free kick - in Spain it's a little bit easier.

"I think he he handled himself quite well (and) I think he (has) got a good coach in Eric Steele (Manchester United goalkeeping coach).

"He (has) made giant steps this year."

Meanwhile, van der Sar said he is expecting big things from his fellow Dutchman Robin van Persie at Euro 2012.

Van Persie was recently named the Premier League's footballer of the year, after scoring 37 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season and van der Sar predicted he would be one to watch out for in Poland and the Ukraine.

"I would keep an eye out for Robin Van Persie," he said.

"He hasn't played that well for the Dutch team. He's been amazing here in England, the goals he's scored for Arsenal, player of the season. I think he will be quite to determined to show what he can do for Holland."

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