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Ex-Atletico coach Resino: De Gea can handle Man Utd pressure

Manchester United signing David De Gea can handle the pressures of being the No1 at Old Trafford, says his former coach Abel Resino.

Abel Resino - also a former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper - handed De Gea his first start in October 2009 when he was first-team coach.

Resino told the Independent: "Atletico Madrid is a tough club and you don't make it if you are mentally weak. De Gea has the most important thing to succeed in England - a self-belief and an inner calm in his own ability that will mean he does not let one mistake ruin him. The ability to put any mistake you make on the pitch past you immediately is priceless for a keeper and he has that.

"He is not a 10 out of 10 keeper in any one aspect but he is a very complete keeper - he can do everything - and he has a great capacity to learn quickly. He is replacing a very good goalkeeper but he can become even better than Van der Sar in time."

Resino says De Gea will be well aware of the strides he needs to keep making and the way he needs to adapt to the English game.

"You need to be very good with your feet in England," he says, "and the concentrations levels need to be very high because the game never stops. The play goes back and forth far more than in Spain. There are also more high balls to deal with."

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