Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has branded David de Gea's critics as "idiots". De Gea's weak punch in the build-up to Tottenham's injury-time equaliser last week has been condemned by Gary Neville and dismissed by Peter Schmeichel.

Ferguson must find the middle ground, which today meant rejecting the entire media debate.

"I'm not getting into that at all," he said.

"You have to listen to some idiots in the game."