Sir Alex Ferguson hails 'excellent' David De Gea

David de Gea
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Sir Alex Ferguson says that David de Gea was excellent on his return to Madrid as he helped Manchester United earn a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on goalkeeper David de Gea after his performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The Spaniard made a number of fine stops as United earned a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday in the first leg of their last-16 encounter.

De Gea was bought by United from Real's rivals Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011, and Ferguson is pleased with the 22-year-old's display against his old enemy.

"David was excellent and produced three or four really top saves," Ferguson told BBC Sport. "He's improving all the time.

"I'm pleased for the boy. This is a difficult place to come and we would have taken 1-1 before the game."

Danny Welbeck netted the opener to give United a crucial away goal in the first half, before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for the hosts against his old club before the break.

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