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Rooney rallies behind De Gea

ESPN staff
February 2, 2013

Wayne Rooney has leapt to the defence of David De Gea, insisting the whole of the Manchester United squad is behind the keeper.

De Gea has had a mixed time since arriving at Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in 2011. He has pulled off some superb saves, but he has also come in for criticism for not dominating his area.

The critics were out in force as United were pegged back late on by Tottenham last month, with a weak punch from De Gea leading to Clint Dempsey's goal. It prompted a report which claimed De Gea had four months to save his career.

Sir Alex Ferguson has kept faith with De Gea and following the 1-0 win over Fulham on Saturday, the keeper was backed by Rooney.

"He was superb," Rooney said. "I think he's been great for us over the last few weeks as he's made some great saves.

"I know he got a little bit of criticism after the Tottenham game but he made five or six world-class saves in that game and it wasn't the biggest mistake I've ever seen.

"We're all behind him and backing him. He's a great player for us and for the future as well."

Centre-half Jonny Evans was also quick to come out in support of De Gea.

"He made some outstanding saves, especially the one from Ruiz, which he tipped onto the post," Evans said. "We're used to seeing that from him. We didn't necessarily think, 'great save', because we're used to him doing that. I think people underestimate his shot-stopping ability."

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