Michael Owen raves about Manchester United’s David de Gea

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Michael Owen is impressed with David de Gea and backs Manchester United to beat Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.

Michael Owen has been singing the praises of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Spain international De Gea has been one of the best players in the Premier League so far this season and probably United’s most important.

The 24-year-old has made saves after saves this campaign, keeping the Red Devils in matches that they would have lost otherwise.

De Gea, who joined United from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011, struggled to make an impression in the Premier League in his debut season, but since then he has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Owen played alongside De Gea at United and has said that he always knew that the Spaniard was ‘class’.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s Premier League clash between Aston Villa and United at Villa Park, the former England international wrote on Betvictor.com: “United have scored at least three goals in their last five PL games against Villa and the hosts must do without the suspended trio of Tom Cleverley, Alan Hutton and Kieran Richardson.

“United have won their last six PL games without convincing everyone, myself included, that they are genuine title challengers and they owe much to the brilliance of keeper David De Gea.

“I remember the young Spaniard had his critics when he first came into the United side but I was fortunate to see him in training every day and you could see from day one he was different class.”

De Gea’s performances this season have been hailed by pretty much all the notable football pundits in England.

The Spaniard does deserve the recognition that he is getting at the moment. Still only 24, De Gea can still improve his game and develop himself.

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