Fergie - De Gea dropped

Man Utd keeper replaced by Lindegaard against Southampton

David de Gea: Manchester United keeper was dropped against Southampton after this mistake against Fulham

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Sir Alex Ferguson admits he dropped David de Gea against Southampton following the Manchester United goalkeeper's error against Fulham in the previous game.

De Gea had produced an impressive display in United's opening 1-0 defeat at Everton, but was at fault for Fulham's second goal in last weekend's 3-2 win at Old Trafford.

He was demoted to the bench for Sunday's trip to Southampton and his replacement Anders Lindegaard also conceded two goals in a last-gasp 3-2 success.

Ferguson explained his decision to leave out the young Spaniard, but suggested De Gea would return to the United side for the next Premier League fixture against Wigan Athletic on Saturday 15th September.

Learning process

"I think young David made a mistake last week [against Fulham]," the United manager told Sky Sports. "He knows it.

"With the form he's been in, he's been making some fantastic saves, but one error like that could have cost us the game.

"It's just a learning process for him and he'll be back in a couple of weeks' time after the international break.

"Anders had his first game. I thought he was a little bit nervous at points but he's a very good keeper also. I don't think it's a big issue but it's something you have to deal with."