De Gea joined the club in 2011 after Ferguson chose the former Atletico Madrid man as his replacement for Edwin van der Sar but initially struggled to adapt to the Premier League’s physicality.
But as De Gea built up some muscle, his shot stopping ability came to light almost immediately and come Ferguson’s last season he had become a key player at the club and his former boss is happy to see him thriving at Old Trafford.
“What is pleasing to me most of all at the moment is David de Gea,” said Sir Alex.
“When we bought him he was a kid. He was skinny but he had ability. He’s got special talent. I’m really pleased for that kid.”
The Spanish international was one of very few players who could hold their heads up high during David Moyes’s time in charge and under Louis van Gaal the goalkeeper has risen to yet another level.
Regularly the 24-year-old has kept United in games on his own, particularly during the club’s six-game winning run and it’s debatable how many of those would have been wins had the side not had De Gea in it.