'Incredible' De Gea 'crucial' says Manchester United goalkeeping legend

Edwin van der Sar was impressed with the man who took his place at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have done the unlikely and overturned their 2-0 first-leg deficit against Olympiakos by winning 3-0 at Old Trafford.

A hat-trick from Robin Van Persie and excellent performances from the likes of Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck shone through their performance - but once again there was an impressive display from Spanish stopper David De Gea.

De Gea made a double save in the first-half of world class proportions - using his feet Peter Schmeichel style to stop the original strike before recovering to do the same with the follow-up.

It was a truly important stop in the context of the tie.

An away goal could have essentially signed United’s exit from the competition - but instead the former Atletico Madrid keeper kept the Greek outfit at bay.

It was a performance that comes a little over a year since De Gea seemingly came of age in the Bernabeu Stadium in the second round of the Champions League last season.

De Gea has had his critics - but one former Manchester United keeper was full of praise regarding his performance last night.

Edwin van der Sar is the man De Gea replaced in the sticks - and the Dutch legend was full of praise for his replacement last night:

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