Legendary goalkeeper Alex Stepney from the 1968 European Cup winners Manchester United knows what it takes to be a success at Old Trafford.

Stepney’s views on United goalkeepers should carry more weight than most, and he has praised David de Gea’s start to the season.

Stepney says he’s very impressed with De Gea’s style of play so far this season.

De Gea was back in the Champions League mid-week when United came in from behind to beat Atalanta.

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Stepney told the Times: “In my day it was unknown that the Manchester United goalkeeper would be Player of the Year.

“That should never be the case at Manchester United. A certain Mr Cristiano Ronaldo could say something about this year’s award, but David is playing really well.

“He’s made some remarkable saves. David was under pressure last season because of Dean [Henderson] got his chance and took it. The fact is, it wakes you up sometimes.

“You are number one and suddenly you are no longer. It was bad timing for Dean. He has to wait for his chance. His next game could be in the FA Cup and that’s a while away, unless David gets injured. “

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De Gea deserves all the praise that has come his way this season. He has recovered exceptionally well from a time when he had many questions.

His excellence is better than anything Henderson has ever achieved in his career, and that is his standard.

Henderson will have to be patient in his long-term pursuit of the United shirt.

Scott McTominay also praised de Gea in an interview with United’s official website.

“He was absolutely brilliant,” he said of de Gea. “My mother said, ‘David was great, wasn’t he?’ – She usually gets too nervous to watch the games and cannot watch.

“David was brilliant, some of his saves … great moments. He recently made two big saves in a row that were huge.

“If one of them had flown in, then the momentum was with them again, things like that are so important and people don’t notice how positively and how the group reacts to things like that.

“We want him to do these saves, and we need these saves because it’s so important and may it go on like this for a long time.”

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