Chris Smalling hails Manchester United teammate David de Gea

David de Gea celebrates Man Utd scoring against Liverpool on September 12, 2015
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David de Gea receives praise from Chris Smalling following his display in the 1-0 victory against rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling has heaped praise on goalkeeper David de Gea following the 1-0 win away at Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

The hosting Merseysiders dominated much of the contest at Anfield, but they were unable to find a way beyond United's Spanish keeper, who made four saves over the course of 90 minutes.

Speaking to reporters after the final whistle, Smalling said of De Gea: "He pulled off great saves and his distribution, especially with those balls to Wazza (Wayne Rooney) and Jesse [Lingard] further forward, was terrific. That set us up on the attack.

"He is a good shot-stopper and a good organiser too. He is a very calm guy but on the pitch, he is very much talking to us as a unit and we know his game inside out. It's good to know that if we are beaten as a defence, we still have a great chance to keep the ball out."

From his 18 Premier League outings this term, De Gea has kept eight clean sheets.

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