The manager claims that De, who is still only 22-years-old, will become an even better goalie in the next few years.
“Maturity helps,” said Ferguson. “There are very few goalkeepers who are the finished article at 20 years of age. There are some examples, like Gianluigi Buffon and Petr Cech. That’s not always the case. Peter Schmeichel didn’t join us until he was 27 and then gave us eight great years. Normally for goalkeepers it’s the mid-20s until you get the finished article. A good performance helps everyone. It gives them confidence, there’s no doubt about that. It won’t change him. He is a down-to-earth boy.”