Man United’s Sir Alex Ferguson impressed with ‘brave’ David De Gea
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson praises David De Gea's "brave" performance at West Ham United
Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea for his “brave” performance in a 2-2 draw at West Ham United.
The Spain Under-21 international had to contend with West Ham’s overbearing physicality, and in particular, one full-blooded challenge from Andy Carroll.
De Gea’s display highlighted the former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper’s marked improvement this season after a difficult opening campaign in England following his £20m move.
While Ferguson likened Carroll’s challenge to “assault”, the Red Devils manager was pleased to see the 21-year-old goalkeeper pass the Upton Park test.
“His first game last season was away from home against West Brom,” Ferguson told MUTV.
“The referee felt he was a young goalkeeper, who was not used to English football. There was a laxity in terms of protection for him.
“That has passed now but Wednesday was beyond the pale.
“Let’s be honest, there was an assault on him. But he stood up to it. He didn’t let it affect him. He was brave and got on with his job.”
De Gea has kept 11 clean sheets in the Premier League this season, with only Petr Cech and Joe Hart boasting a better record.