Following David De Gea’s man of the performance in Manchester United’s goalless draw at Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday, Rio Ferdinand has revealed how him and his Manchester United team-mates felt when the then 20-year Old joined United for a British record fee for a goalkeeper of approximately £18.9 million.
De Gea ensured his side kept a clean sheet in the first leg of the last-16 tie, making them favourites to go through to the next round.
Ferdinand praised the Spaniard’s performance on BT Sport, but admitted he wasn’t always sure the keeper would transform into one of the world’s best.
“We were talking before, when he first came, even as players we were sitting there with doubts really,” said Ferdinand.
“A young kid just coming to Manchester United, and we needed to win every year.
“How were we going to do that with a young kid, who was inexperienced and looked like he was lacking confidence?
“But you look where he is today and that’s a sign of someone who has worked hard to get where he needs to get.”
Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand didn’t spare Belgian striker who lost possession of the ball on many occasions as his only strike on goal came after he had handled the ball towards the end of the game.
Ferdinand said: “It is so frustrating. He has all the tools and everything to scare a defender, he is big, strong, quick.
“He has scored a lot of goals but the big games, big nights, big moments, he needs to produce.
“[He had] 38 touches and 18 times he gave it away and if you are trying to produce a counter-attacking performance the ball has to stick.
“With Lukaku in the team at the moment, the ball doesn’t stick so the counter-attack doesn’t happen.”
Ferdinand’s former team-mate – Scholes added: “Lukaku has to do better when you are playing counter-attacking football.
“He was so weak, he has to be strong and get hold of the ball and bring players in. Most of the time he was giving it away.
“When you set up to play counter-attacking football, you need pace. Juan Mata in the team, he is a great footballer but in a team that has possession, there was no pace on either wing.”