Alex Ferguson defends David de Gea

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has poured scorn on the idea that he has lost faith in goalkeeper David de Gea, after he played his understudy in last night's Champions League clash with Benfica.

Anders Lindegaard played in United's 1-1 draw in Portugal, and made quite an impression, making several important saves. Had he not had such a good game, United could have been staring at a massive defeat, but instead he kept the score down to one, allowing Ryan Giggs to equalise with a fine individual goal. After the game many were convinced that De Gea had lost his first team place, but the Scot made it quite clear that wasn't the case, an dthat he will play against Chelsea on Sunday.

'David de Gea will play on Sunday,' said Ferguson, clearly irritated. 'That's the understanding we had before the game and it doesn't change. I don't know why you ask these questions. You are just looking for stupid little things.

'We've got two great goalkeepers in Anders and David. We were always getting to the moment when we were going to share that. David will play against Chelsea on Sunday and possibly Anders will play against Leeds on Tuesday, depending on how I see the situation in terms of Ben Amos, who needs some game time also. There are opportunities to spread that load because coming over to the English game, it's such a competitive intense league for a young goalkeeper. There will come a time when I need to give him a break. This was a good moment because he had a fantastic game on Saturday, so this was a nice time to give him a break.'

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