Man Utd boss Ferguson: De Gea, Lindegaard have long careers ahead of them
Former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was 40 when he retired in 2011 and Ferguson has pointed to other examples of players enjoying long careers.
He said: "Peter Schmeichel was 27 when he joined us. Everyone was talking about a young goalkeeper joining us but he was 27, and he gave us eight great years.
"Goalkeepers can play until their late 30s quite easily, look at Brad Friedel for instance, and Peter Shilton played in the 1990 World Cup and I think he was 40.
"Goalkeepers can last longer. If they look after themselves even better, but as long as they keep their agility and their speed they can play to a good age."