Evra praises De Gea
Patrice Evra has praised David De Gea and revealed he and his team-mates will help him feel at home at Man United.
Last Updated: 23/08/11 4:15pm
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has praised the display of goalkeeper David De Gea against Tottenham on Monday and revealed he and his team-mates will help the Spaniard feel at home at Old Trafford.
The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper has made an uncertain start to his career at the Premier League Champions. He looked nervous in the Community Shield clash against rivals Manchester City at Wembley before allowing a tame Shane Long shot slip under his grasp against West Brom the following week.
The 20-year-old kept his first clean sheet for Sir Alex Ferguson's men against Spurs on Monday night though, despite making a few minor mistakes near the end of the game.
However, Evra has backed the £18million man to succeed at the club, citing his own struggles at the start of his Old Trafford career as reason to be patient with the youngster.
"The goalkeeper's performance was very good. He did well with his feet and everything," Evra said.
"The crowd were behind him too, so he should say a big thank you to them.
"I have been telling him not to worry because English football is not easy.
"I made my debut against Manchester City. It was really difficult. After the first 45 minutes, the manager took me off, told me to sit down, watch English football, and learn.
"Sometimes you have good days. Sometimes you have bad. I am confident because he has a big talent and we are going to help him."
De Gea was among of clutch of young players Sir Alex Ferguson fielded on Monday night, meaning 30-year-old Evra is now one of the senior players in the side.
The former Monaco full-back is delighted at the progress of the young stars and is ready to help them throughout the campaign.
"We have lost a lot of experienced players. But now you can see the team is fresh, with a lot of energy. The football is quick," added Evra.
"They have to keep going and the more experienced players have to help.
"We know we have a big responsibility. We want to win everything. That is the Manchester United way."