Tim Howard: This is what De Gea needs to learn at Manchester United

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Everton shot-stopper Tim Howard believes that David de Gea needs to learn from Manchester United's current defensive woes.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard believes that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea needs to learn from his side’s current struggles.

The Red Devils currently sit in seventh spot ahead of Sunday’s clash with Everton, having won just two of six games and conceding a whopping 13 goals.

With so many goals conceded, including five at Leicester City, many observers may point their finger at the man between the sticks and begin asking questions.

United’s number one De Gea, however, has built on last season’s Player of the Year-winning performances by showing a similar vein of form under new boss Louis van Gaal.

The Spanish international has had to be called upon on a number of occasions and he has not been helped by numerous changes in-front of him following an unfortunate Old Trafford injury crisis.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash, the Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard believes that United’s current defensive woes is a goalkeeping lesson for De Gea and hinted that learning to handle such situations will aid his development in the future.

“It is easier when everything is settled in front of you, but for a goalkeeper it is part of the challenge when it’s not.” He said, quoted by the Daily Mail.

“De Gea is still a young goalkeeper. If he can learn that, how to get your point across to different players and get them to respond to you very quickly, that will be a good lesson.”

De Gea joined United from Atletico Madrid for a British record £17.8 million transfer fee in the summer of 2011.

The 23-year-old has gone on to make 100 Premier League appearances for the club and won the title in the 2012/13 season.

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