Photo: Man United’s David De Gea sends Instagram message to Italy legend

The Manchester United goalkeeper hails Italy and Juventus shot stopper Gianluigi Buffon as 'a legend'

David De Gea paid tribute to Italy and Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon on Thursday night.

The Manchester United goalkeeper started in goal for Spain in their 2018 World Cup qualifier despite his high-profile mistake in the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Old Trafford in the Premier League last weekend.

Machin Perez broke the deadlock for Spain on Italian soil in the 55th minute before Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi levelled from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining of the qualifier.

De Gea was also part of the Spanish side that lost 2-0 to Buffon’s Italy in quarter-finals of the European championship this summer.

And the United goalkeeper posted a photo on his Instagram page of him embracing Buffon after the final whistle in the stalemate on Thursday night.

De Gea wrote the following caption:

“Great performance of all the team, such a pity we couldn’t win. Gianluigi Buffon is a legend! @sefutbol #WCQ #Russia2018”

United are in sixth place in the Premier League table following their 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Old Trafford.

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The Red Devils will make the trip to bitter rivals Liverpool in their next Premier League game on Monday 17 October.

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