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De Gea takes United plaudits

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea took the plaudits from his teammates after a composed performance against Liverpool on Saturday.

The Spanish youngster was beaten by a Steven Gerrard free-kick in the second-half, but made a handful of key saves during the clash at Anfield to keep the Red Devils in the game.

And, with Javier Hernandez securing a point late-on, the importance of the 20-year-old's performance was not lost on his colleagues, with the Mexican striker leading the plaudits.

"David is an unbelievable player. He is working day by day and the good thing is that he wants to work," said Chicharito post-match.

"He knows that to play in this shirt, first of all, you need to enjoy it. But also he is aware that it is a big responsibility.

"He is handling it very well. He is only 20. He could play for 20 more years if he wants."

England international Rio Ferdinand has also been impressed by the improvement in De Gea, siting the performance against Stoke City in September as a pivotal moment in the stopper's emergence with the Red Devils.


 

Signed for an £18 million fee in the summer, errors against Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion raised question marks over the player's temperament, but Ferdinand thinks the player is through the worst.

"The game against Stoke was a pivotal moment for him. There was a lot of pressure on him there in terms of people expecting things to go wrong for him because of the size of the opponents and how Stoke put pressure on the goalkeeper," said the defender and captain at Anfield.

"He dealt with that game brilliantly. That was huge for him confidence-wise. I didn’t notice a change in him after Stoke because he is not an emotional type of guy or someone who is that animated but you can tell from his performances since that he is looking more comfortable and confident.

"He has just got better and better from there."

Jonny Evans joined the growing list of admirers, and was thankful to his club-mate after the draw on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland international believes De Gea is one of the best young keepers in the world, and is confident the Spaniard will get even better at Old Trafford over time.

“He is probably one of the best shot-stoppers I have seen at such a young age. His kicking is excellent. He is very slight but he has an unbelievable spring on him. He gets down low to shots. He is very quick on his feet.”

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