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Ferguson hoping for De Gea boost

Sir Alex Ferguson is confident David de Gea's wonder-save at Chelsea last week can help inspire Manchester United's young goalkeeper.

De Gea has endured a difficult first season in England and was heavily criticised for his performance in the FA Cup defeat at Liverpool a fortnight ago before suffering an ankle injury.

However, after recovering that injury the £18million man responded with a quite exceptional effort to keep out Juan Mata's free-kick in the final seconds of stoppage time to secure a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge, and Ferguson said: "I don't know if any other goalkeeper in the country would have saved that shot from (Juan) Mata."

He added: "His speed and agility is outstanding.

"David knows he had a bad day against Liverpool in the cup. But goalkeepers can have those days.

"Last week's performance will help. He saved us a point.

"When you get a free-kick with the last kick of the game and your goalkeeper makes a save like that, you have to say it's a point saved."

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