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De Gea will be Manchester United hit: Foster

By Simon Stone

Ben Foster is backing keeper David de Gea to fill the “huge shoes” at Manchester United left by Edwin van der Sar's retirement.

Former Red Devils keeper Foster, however, admits it may take “a few years” for 20-year-old Gea to fully settle into the role.

Foster, who has just moved from Birmingham to West Brom on-loan, was back-up keeper at Old Trafford behind Van der Sar.

He said: “I looked at a few Youtube videos of De Gea when there was talk of United signing him and he looked unbelievable.

“He does look as if he has got absolutely everything. He is so quick and agile.

“The football attributes are all there to be a huge success.”

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes 19-year-old new signing Phil Jones has the talent to break into the first team immediately.

Jones, who cost £16.5million from Blackburn, will face competition at centre-back from Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, as well as fellow up-and-coming defender Chris Smalling and Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans, but he has played for Rovers as a holding player in central midfield too.

Ferguson said: “You might think he might not play, but the ability he's got and the determination he's got, he could quite easily play. He's the future obviously, but he could certainly come in right away.”

Ferguson revealed he intends to start with Ashley Young as a left-winger though will consider him in a number of positions — and he also backed de Gea to fill the void left by van der Sar.

Ferguson said: “Ashley can play in more than one position. He can play wide right, left, even behind the striker, so we have options there.

“Initially, we'll start him as a wide left player.”

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