Former-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has reserved special praise for goalkeeper David De Gea.
As reported by ESPN, Ferguson hailed the Spaniard's 'special talent' after De Gea was praised widely throughout the media following his role in Manchester United's recent winning streak, which was ended by their 1-1 draw at Villa Park against Aston Villa last weekend.
De Gea was signed by Ferguson from Atletico Madrid in 2011 for £19m, and initially struggled at Old Trafford.
He's since grown into the role and is now established as the club's long-term number one. Even more than that, he's being talked about as one of the top three goalkeepers in the world, alongside Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea and Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer.
"The one that's most pleasing to me of the present lot is David De Gea," Ferguson said. "When we bought him he was a kid, but he's got special talent and I'm really pleased for that kid, I really am."
Article continues below
Manchester United face Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day with United currently sitting third in the Premier League table.
Louis van Gaal has had to deal with a spate of injuries since taking charge at the club over the summer, and he's only just getting his squad fully healthy.
Luke Shaw should return to the team against Newcastle after missing more than a month with an ankle injury while Ander Herrera, who missed the Aston Villa match, should also be back too.
Marcos Rojo should also be available as things are looking up for United on the injury front.