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Name Eric Steele
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Desc Eric Steele is former Manchester United goalkeeper coach

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Club as Coach Manchester United [goalkeeper coach]

2017 12 09 Retrieve

[Eric Steele gives insight into the club’s pursuit of David de Gea] I can only remember Sir Alex Ferguson missing two United matches. He missed a Manchester derby in 2000 for his son’s wedding. The other time? To scout the brilliant David de Gea. I joined United in 2008 and, from that moment, we needed to be ready for the day Edwin van der Sar retired. I was convinced that a 19-year-old De Gea was the right man to replace him. I showed a three-minute DVD compilation to Sir Alex and then we went to watch him play for Atletico Madrid at Valencia on the night United played Scunthorpe in the League Cup. Sir Alex knew he was the right signing inside 65 minutes. David showed composure, concentration and reflexes. He made one terrific save that went through a load of bodies. He makes every kind of save, he dominates his penalty area. He is now the greatest goalkeeper in the world

2020 03 03 Retrieve

[former goalkeeping coach Eric Steele says Man Utd should’ve recalled Dean Henderson in January] I wonder whether United should have brought Dean back in January because David needs a challenge. He doesn’t see that with Romero and Lee Grant. Romero has done what he was asked to do – he’s been a number two. He’s done a solid and sound job when he’s been asked to play, but I don’t see him as a two who can be a number one, but I do see Henderson like that. I could see Henderson coming back and getting a 10-game run

Dean’s doing so well that people are now starting to talk about him playing for England in the Euros rather than Jordan Pickford. That’s great for Man United, but the club have big decisions to be made by Ole and Richard [Hartis, United goalkeeping coach] in the next three or four months. Do they sell Dean or do they bring him back at the end of the season because if they do, Dean will want to come back and play. Having Dean back will bring a massive challenge for David. Dean will have had a full Premier League season behind him and he’s proven in the top league and proven at all the clubs he’s played for

David is coming into his prime now. He has to accept that he’s a big player in this team being built by Ole. He’s not the young kid on the block. He has to relish the challenge and say ‘I’m a major part of this team’

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Eric Steele claims David de Gea wanted to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid due to differences with Louis van Gaal] When he was under Van Gaal we knew the reason why he wanted out – they did not get on, and it didn’t work. He would have gone to Real Madrid if it wasn’t for what happened on transfer deadline day. He was not displeased with the fans or the club, but it was clearly something that had gone on behind the scenes. Now things are different. He has got a smile on his face, the club are improving and I cannot see why he would want to leave

Knowing Dean Henderson as I do, he will expect to walk into that Old Trafford dressing room and make the No.1 jersey his own, now. I signed him at 14 and stayed close to him – he has a great attitude. David will have known there was always going to be a young pretender to come and challenge him and that is what Dean will do. It will not faze David. You do not get to where David de Gea is today without overcoming obstacles

When United are back in the Champions League, you can have a 65-game season. Nobody can play every game. Should contracts permit, United need to say to him [Henderson] ‘you are not going out on loan, you are here to compete with David’. He will value the experience at Sheffield United – he is better prepared now to take that challenge on. United are in such a strong position. David will relish the challenge and come back stronger