Sir Alex Ferguson has praised David De Gea’s recent form and believes the Spaniard’s contribution this season could have a huge bearing of the outcome of the title race.


De Gea endured a shaky start to life at Manchester United and came in for crtiticism following a string of high profile mistakes, but has turned his fortunes around thanks to a string of solid performances and spectacular saves.


The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper had to be at his very best to keep Blackburn at bay last night as United secured a nervy 2-0 win that extended their gap at the top of the table to five points over title rivals Manchester City.


Ferguson, who signed the 21-year-old for £18 million as a long-term replacement for Edwin Van der Sar over the summer, praised his contribution in tight games and believes he has grown to become an ‘outstanding’ keeper during his short stint at Old Trafford.


"David de Gea made three fantastic saves to keep us in the game," said Ferguson to reporters.


"Although we had all the possession, we couldn't create the openings to get in front.


"Javier Hernandez hit the post and we had a penalty kick claim - I didn't think it was - so David has done his bit for the team.


"He has really grown in stature the boy. He was outstanding."


United’s grasp on a record 20th title tightened as they capitalised on City’s dramatic 3-3 draw on Saturday with a win at Ewood Park last night, and Ferguson insists his side have their sights set on lifting the Premier League trophy.


"They are all big games now," he said.


"It doesn't matter if it is next Sunday, next Wednesday, the Sunday after that, they are all big ones.


"The players are prepared for that. We will fight right to the end in all the games for the right to win the matches."

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