Steele, who brought De Gea to Sir Alex Ferguson‚Äôs attention, said the United boss was determined not make the same mistake he did which saw him miss out on Petr Cech back in 2004.
Cech was on United‚Äôs radar but Chelsea got there first, signing the then 21-year-old, a mistake Steele said Ferguson did not want to make again, which is why they moved quickly for De Gea.
‚ÄúTo be fair to the manager, he missed out on Cech when he was younger and didn‚Äôt want to do this again,‚ÄĚ said Steele. ‚ÄúThere weren‚Äôt too many [keepers around]. Joe Hart was the other one.
‚ÄúThe manager just said ‚Äėif this guy is as good as we think he is and we‚Äôve scouted him strongly then we don‚Äôt want to miss out on him, like we did with Cech‚Äô.‚ÄĚ