Van der Sar: Super saver Hart keeps it out like Schmeichel
23:44 GMT, 27 April 2012
Edwin van der Sar was the goalkeeper in the last four Manchester United title-winning sides.
Here, he tells Matt Barlow how he rates United's David de Gea and City No 1 Joe Hart ahead of Monday's crucial derby….
Running the rule: Edwin van der Sar
On DAVID DE GEA
A lot of people ask who I wanted to replace me – Manuel Neuer, Maarten Stekelenburg etc – but it's difficult to answer.
Everyone half-expected David would have a difficult two or three months adjusting to the Premier League and so it proved.
Spain is one of the big leagues but in England you need a little bit more.
It took me a while when I went to Fulham at 31 and it's not strange that it took a 21-year-old time to adjust.
I spoke to Eric Steele (United's goalkeeping coach) a couple of times and I know they worked hard on the training ground.
Still adjusting: David De Gea
De Gea looks similar to me. I was quite skinny when I started out.
He is confident with his feet also and that's a big part of being a goalkeeper nowadays.
The aerial battles he just has to adjust to.
A big part of the job is in the mind.
For long periods as United keeper you don't have anything to do. I kept myself concentrated by demanding what I wanted from my defenders.
He seems like a calm guy and doesn't seem fazed by the occasion.
Maybe he's going to be the best in two years' time but you need to have him now to make him the best.
On JOE HART
In England you see young players going out on loan.
It's so hard for young players to come in and keep their positions. It's great if you can gain experience in the smaller teams.
Then you have those periods where someone is injured and you go in for eight or nine games and they come out of the limelight a little bit.
It was a big decision by Mancini to put Hart in ahead of Shay Given because Given is a great goalkeeper.
Safe hands: Joe Hart has been superb this season
But someone had seen the potential and realised if they didn't give him the chance now, maybe the club would lose him.
You have to sacrifice someone if you have a keeper you think is going to be even better.
Hart makes good reaction saves and great blocks.
That's a little bit the Peter Schmeichel way and that's one of his strong points.
I've started to coach my son a little. I've been showing him the way Schmeichel came out and made himself big to make sure the striker can't go around you and has to shoot against you.
Schmeichel: example for keepers
And on the destiny of the title
I played for United so I'm all for United but if City win I don't think they'll let it slip. It will be decided on Monday.
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