Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Jonny Evans have come to the defence of David De Gea, claiming the squad are happy with the Spanish stopper and not concerned by his mistakes in front of the net this season.

De Gea has generally been an important part of the Red Devils' line up in this campaign, but a costly mistake against Tottenham put the 22-year-old in the spotlight as reports claimed Sir Alex Ferguson may seek a replacement.

But Ferguson rubbished the speculation, and Rooney insists that he has full trust in De Gea as the last point of defence for the United side.

"David has made some great saves over the last few weeks," he told Sky Sports.

"I know he got a little bit of criticism after the Tottenham game but it wasn't the biggest mistake I've ever seen.

"We're all behind him. He's a great player for the future as well."

United now have three wins in a row under their belt, and after keeping a clean sheet against Fulham at the weekend, De Gea looks to have settled back into his position after the disappointing showing against Spurs.

And after his performance, Evans said of the keeper: "People underestimate the reflexes he's got.

"We are used to seeing him do that. His shot-stopping ability is very good and his save from [John Arne] Riise was excellent."

Meanwhile United defender Rio Ferdinand, who is in the final six months of his deal with the club, insists he wants to stay for the long term as he discusses new terms with Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Of course I would want to stay, 100 per cent, provided I'm still playing like I am and feeling as good as I am at the moment," he said.

"Manchester United is a great club, the number one, and you would never want to play anywhere else if you can still play for them.

"I want to be able to contribute properly and to be a player they actually need. You can tell if you're not really needed at a club any more. You just know."