Michael Owen: Why I’m so happy with Man United star’s performance in Moscow

The ex Man United striker heaps praise on David De Gea for a top save in an otherwise quiet Wednesday night

Man United goalkeeper David De Gea Photo: The Sport Review

Michael Owen joked that he was relived David De Gea pulled off a brilliant save in first half after hailing the Manchester United goalkeeper as the best in the world before Wednesday night’s 4-1 win at CSKA Moscow.

The Spain international has been in brilliant form in the Champions League and the Premier League so far this season after keeping seven clean sheets in eight games in the 2017-18 campaign.

De Gea’s best performance came in a 2-2 draw with Stoke City as the former Real Madrid target denied Jese Rodriguez with a save from close range at the bet365 Stadium.

The 26-year-old had another quiet night on Wednesday but the Manchester United shot stopper was alert to deny Fedor Chalov at the end of the first half.

Former Manchester United striker Owen was relieved to see De Gea parry the effort to safety after talking up the goalkeeper before the Champions League clash.

“I’m so happy he saved those,” Owen told BT Sport.

“I think he is the best in the world. He sees the shot late and he has such strong arms. He is sensational I think. It takes something really special to get past him.”

The Manchester United shot stopper’s run of clean sheets came to an end in the second half when CSKA Moscow netted a late consolation goal.

De Gea moved to Manchester United in a £18m deal from Atletico Madrid in the 2011 summer transfer window under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Spanish goalkeeper won the club’s player of the year award for three successive seasons before missing out last term.

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