Pepe Reina full of praise for Man United’s David De Gea

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina expects Manchester United shot-stopper to be a success at Old Trafford

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Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005 Photo: ChoonMing, via Flickr

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Pepe Reina has issued his support for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea after the 20-year-old impressed against Liverpool on Saturday.

A free-kick from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard put the home side in front after 68 minutes but United substitute Javier Hernández salvaged a draw with a header in the 80th minute.

De Gea prevented the home side from snatching a dramatic winner when Dirk Kuyt prodded Stewart Downing’s cross goal-wards, forcing a low save from United’s shot-stopper.

Moments later, the Spanish keeper showed superb agility to push Jordan Henderson’s lobbed attempt past the upright to ensure the visitors left Anfield with a point.

And Reina was impressed by his compatriot’s performance, hailing the talent of the current crop of Spanish keepers.

“He made a couple of fantastic saves – it shows the potential of Spanish goalkeepers and we are very proud there are now two Spanish lads playing for Liverpool and Manchester United,” Reina told the Guardian.

Liverpool’s number one also backed his rival to find his form at Old Trafford despite De Gea making a number of mistakes already this season.

Reina feels that despite the former Atlético Madrid goalkeeper being subjected to intense scrutiny in his short career at Old Trafford so far, De Gea will prove his quality.

“He will have poor performances, like all of us, but he will have a lot of good ones as well. It is about finding consistency, but he will do that because he is a talent,” Reina added.

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