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Ferguson credits De Gea in key victory
Published : 03 Apr 2012 06:16:51
Sir Alex Ferguson thanked goalkeeper David de Gea for making the saves in a 2-0 victory at Blackburn that allowed Manchester United to move five points clear in the Premier League title race.
Although United dominated possession at Ewood Park, De Gea had to deny Junior Hoilett, Marcus Olsson and Grant Hanley before the break, then repelled Morten Gamst Pedersen. The Red Devils eventually wrapped up victory thanks to goals from Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young in the final 10 minutes.
"David de Gea made three fantastic saves to keep us in the game," said Ferguson.
"Although we had all the possession, we couldn't create the openings to get in front.
"Javier Hernandez hit the post and we had a penalty kick claim - I didn't think it was - so David has done his bit for the team. He has really grown in stature the boy. He was outstanding."
Valencia was clearly the visitors' most dangerous attacking outlet and it was his goal that finally broke Blackburn, even if there was some doubt as to whether it was a cross or a shot as the ball flashed into the far corner.
"They are saying was it a cross or a shot. It doesn't matter," said Ferguson. "It was a fantastic finish. I thought he was the best player on the pitch."
Blackburn manager Steve Kean was simply left frustrated as his side dropped back into the bottom three on goal difference after being six points clear of the drop zone just 10 days ago.
"We expected to get something out of this game," said Kean. "We played very well for the majority of the game, their goalkeeper has made a number of good saves and Rio Ferdinand has made one of his best tackles for a number of seasons.
"We have asked questions of Manchester United and if we can play for the full 90 minutes like we did for 80, we will get enough points to stay away from trouble."