Paddy Crerand: David De Gea can emulate Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel.

The former Red Devils midfielder backs David de Gea to match former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

David de Gea moved from Athletico Madrid to Manchester United in the summer of 2011 and has produced good performances for the Reds.

The Spaniard won the Premier League title in his second season at the club and has been United's best player over the last year.

And Manchester United legend Crerand compares the United No.1 goalkeeper to Schmeichel: “I remember when Schmeichel first came here, he struggled a little bit with crossed balls, but he got better as he got older and was an absolutely fantastic keeper for Manchester United. This kid could get there no problem,” Paddy Crerand told MUTV.

“He’s getting better and better. I remember when he first arrived – if you watch Spanish football, you never see balls being thrown into the box – so when he came here at first teams tried to make it as difficult as possible for him,” he added.

“He must have found it strange but he’s improved out of all recognition – he doesn’t have any problems with that type of ball into the box anymore.”

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