Sir Alex was right to take chance on Manchester United young-un David de Gea, claims Moyes

By Tim Hyde

Manchester United may have had a shaky start but it’s no fault of young goalkeeper David de Gea, claims David Moyes.

De Gea made a number of outstanding saves to ensure the Red Devils didn’t sink under Sunderland’s early storm at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

And Moyes was quick to praise the keeper’s ‘amazing’ work in stopping Emanuele Giaccherini’s shot putting United two behind.

“He is improving all the time. You can see he has great agility and he needed it to make that save,” said Moyes.

“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.”

The 22-year-old Spaniard has impressed thus far this season, further improving his credentials for claiming the title of being the Premier Leagues best between the sticks.

It hasn’t been a straight forward journey for de Gea as he endured a shaky first season at Old Trafford where he struggled to fight off competition from Anders Lindegaard.

Not until late in is debut season did de Gea establish himself as United’s number one and since then has continued to improve, becoming one of the game’s premium shot-stoppers.

“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,” added Moyes.

“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.”

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