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Former Manchester United player Gary Pallister compares David De Gea's shaky start to that of Peter Schmeichel

Former Manchester United player Gary Pallister has compared David De Gea’s start to life at Old Trafford to that of club icon Peter Schmeichel.

Pallister played in the same side as legendary Denmark international and he was eager to point out even ‘the best goalkeeper in the world’ at the time had a shaky start to his career.

“Schmeichel was the same when he first started out at Manchester United and he went on to be the best goalkeeper in the world.

“We played Wimbledon and Leeds in the first couple of games when Schmeichel first joined. They are both very direct and physical; big John Fashanu and Nick Chapman at either clubs.

“I let him know that what he should expect. He didn’t expect the challenges and he didn’t have the best of starts, it was a bit of a culture shock for him but he went on to become the best goalkeeper in the world.”

Pallister, who spent nine years at United, believes despite Sir Alex Ferguson playing Anders Lindegaard against Benfica in the Champions League, De Gea will still be starting against Chelsea on Sunday.

Pallister said: “He wants to give Lindegaard a game but I’m sure Sir Alex still sees De Gea as his No. 1.

"Yes, he has made some high profile mistakes but the confidence in him is still there as he gets used to the physicality of the Premier League.

“I mean he did the same thing last year with Van der Sar. You got to give people the opportunities as you can’t expect players to sit in the reserves all year without any chances.

“He wants to give Ben Amos a game as well.”