Friday, 2 March 2012

Fergie Orders De Gea To Stick On A Stone

Alex Ferguson has ordered lightweight keeper David De Gea to stick on a stone so he can cope with the English game.

The Reds shot-stopper has come in for fierce criticism since arriving from Atletico Madrid for a whopping £18m.

Rival teams have found success when bullying the 21-year-old at corners and set-pieces - most notably in the FA Cup defeat at Liverpool recently.

Fergie reckons the Spaniard's slender frame is the root of his problems and is turning him into a gym monkey in an attempt to beef him up.

The 6ft 4in star weighs only 12 stone, that's a full two stones less than his lanky predecessor Edwin van der Sar.

And the United chief wants him to put some bulk on his frame to enable him to cope with the aerial bombardments planned by the Reds title challengers.

Only then does he foresee the Spaniard being able to thrive in the top flight.

Ferguson said: `` The boy's got talent. He's quick, he's lightening. He's just found it difficult to adjust to some parts of the game here.

``But he's 21 and he'll become accustomed to that eventually. It won't happen overnight but he'll get better.

``I think he has a physical part to develop. There is a frame there, it's just a matter of developing the frame.

``He's doing his work in the gymnasium, he's doing a lot of work in there.

``If we can get maybe a stone on him, without losing any of his flexibility or his speed - that would be a great boost to him.''

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