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David Moyes hails David de Gea

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has publicly praised goalkeeper David de Gea after his impressive early season form. 

The United stopper pulled off an early contender for 'Save of the Season' in Saturday's 2-1 win over Sunderland, and is proving to be one of the only bright sparks in an unconvincing start for his side.

Moyes has had a tough time at Old Trafford since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, with the club currently in ninth place in the Premier League after taking only 10 points from seven games.

But the manager is clearly happy with the performances from his goalkeeper.

"He is improving all the time. You can see he has great agility and he needed it to make that save," Moyes told Sky Sports

"It is one of the best I have ever seen as well, it was incredible. I said it on the bench right away, what a save it was. It's an amazing save, it really is.

"And that was a turning point. I didn't think we deserved to be losing but had we gone 2-0 down then it would have been a mountain to climb.

"Obviously it would have given Sunderland a great boost. When Sir Alex Ferguson brought David in there probably were a few seasons when it might have been a bit rocky but I think he has definitely established himself now.

"I have been really impressed by his athleticism and he is still a young goalkeeper.

"I thought the old manager was brave to bring a young goalkeeper in; it is actually hard to bring in young goalkeepers and young centre-halves. Hopefully David will feel the benefit of that in the years to come."

De Gea was not selected in Spain's squad for their 2014 World Cup qualifiers this week after being in the unfortunate position of having to compete with Real Madrid's Iker Casillas, Barcelona's Victor Valdes and Napoli's on-loan Liverpool man Pepe Reina for the spot between the sticks. 

England have had major problems with their goalkeeping options over the last five years, Spain conversely have a wealth of options.

 

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