Man Utd midfielder praises de Gea after Stoke victory

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has praised goalkeeper David de Gea for his performance against Stoke City on Saturday.

The young shot stopper made several key saves to prevent the home side from taking the lead against the champions at the weekend and Fletcher says the Spaniard will take a lot of confidence from his performance, labelling the match “a welcome to English football”.

The Scottish international told The Telegraph: “I don’t think you get much more physical games than away to Stoke, they bombard you with balls into the box, set-pieces and corners, but he dealt with it well and he will take a lot of confidence from that performance, which was a bit of a welcome to English football.

“David did fantastic. We showed him plenty of videos and there was a lot of preparation going into the game, showing him what to expect, but it didn’t faze him and he stood up to the challenge. When you come here, you really have to embrace the challenge of facing Stoke. If you come here with any fear, it is going to cost you.”

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