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Ferguson praises 'excellent' De Gea after draw in Madrid

Published on Feb 14, 2013 6:59 AM
 
Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Manchester United FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on February 13, 2013. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been under the spotlight this season but won high praise from manager Alex Ferguson after an impressive performance in the Champions League at Real Madrid on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Spanish youth international made a string of saves to keep United in the game as they held out for a 1-1 draw in their last 16 first leg at the Bernabeu.

"It's a difficult place to come to, Real's home record is outstanding," Ferguson told a news conference. "I was a bit disappointed with how deep we defended which gave Real a lot of opportunities for crosses and shots.

"Luckily David De Gea was excellent. He made three or four really top saves in the game." De Gea has come in for criticism, since moving to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid for around 20 million euros (S$33.2 million) in 2011, with his slight build cited as a weakness in the hurly-burly of the Premier League.

 
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