Premier League - Fergie: Lay off 'great' De Gea
Sir Alex Ferguson is confident no-one will remember David De Gea's current difficulties in two or three years.
Despite rookie Ben Amos keeping a clean sheet against Stoke in midweek, De Gea's recovery from a minor knock means he will face Andre Villas-Boas' men as Anders Lindegaard has been ruled out for up to six weeks with ankle ligament damage.
It comes just eight days after another tortuous afternoon at Liverpool, where De Gea's performance was picked apart by the critics and blamed as one of the major reasons why United crashed out of the FA Cup.
Whilst Ferguson accepts his £18million summer arrival from Atletico Madrid has had a few teething troubles, he also feels De Gea has the talent to ensure any problems are just short term.
"The boy has got a great talent," said Ferguson. "He has made two or three mistakes but in two or three years' time we won't be discussing that at all because he will have matured. Then he will be realising his potential."