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Man Utd legend Schmeichel calls for De Gea support: Another 10 years!

Manchester United's legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has complete faith in David De Gea.

The 29-year-old has faced a mountain of criticism this season from ex-United players, including Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville.

But Schmeichel doesn't agree and instead thinks De Gea could stay at Old Trafford for another decade.

"He's been tremendous for us, there's no doubt about that," the Dane told the club's website. "He stuck it through in the most difficult period of modern-day Manchester United history.

"It's been up and down and, basically, he has been our best player. There's no doubt about that. Four out of five years being our Player of the Year. That just tells its own story about his performances for the club.

He added: "It's easy to just blame the goalkeeper, but I'm not going to.

"I'm trying to make a case that every goalkeeper needs to be protected and there's no doubt that the way the team is playing now, as opposed to when a team plays more defensively, the type of chances that you concede fit into David's best skills.

"Those kind of saves we've seen came from chances created by being defensive. At the moment, we are attacking a lot and that leaves strikers man-to-man. It becomes like a counter-attack. These are the kind of goals we are conceding now.

"I think he needs a bit of time to adjust to the way we are playing.

"If you're a goalkeeper that has been busy for three or four years, and now you're not busy, you have to change your game a little bit. You need to find new ways of keeping your concentration, of staying with the game. Everyone has to adjust and I think that's the same for him as well.

"David is our No.1 - he's still a young lad, by the way. He could play on for another 10 years. Let's back him. We should support what we have because we know what we have is really good."

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