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Van der Gouw backs De Gea to improve

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw has backed current number one David de Gea to keep improving after an fine season.
The Dutchman was at United for three years as a backup to Peter Schmeichel and believes De Gea has already become a top quality goalkeeper.

Having been named in the PFA Team of the Year last season, Van der Gouw believes the Spaniard can build on an impressive second campaign with the club.

After a shaky introduction to English football, the Spaniard found his feet as United romped to the title last term, keeping 11 clean sheets in 28 top-flight games.

"This was his second season and he's done a fantastic job. If you want to finish champions you need a very good goalkeeper," Van der Gouw told the Manchester Evening News.

"You need a goalkeeper who is in form and that's exactly what he is. I have the feeling he is getting better and better.

"If you look at the long term, I think he is going to be fantastic goalkeeper for United.

"When he came here he was only 20 years old – he was very young. He came from Spain, had to learn the English language.

"It was a massive step for David and he needed time to settle.

"You can see that he has personality. Mentally he is very strong, otherwise he wouldn't be a United player any more."
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