As expected, Manchester United have signed David De Gea as Edwin Van der Sar’s replacement for £17m. The fee was agreed two months ago but apparently the young keeper wanted time to decide whether moving away from Spain and his boyhood club so early in his career was a good idea.

“We’ve been working on it for quite a while,” said Ferguson after Gary Neville’s testimonial. “We identified him quite a while back as one we should go for. He’s a young goalkeeper, very quick, good composure, presence and an oustanding replacement for van der Sar. We were looking for someone with the same types of qualities. One great quality Edwin always had was his composure and organisational ability. David De Gea is very similar that way.”