Rooney backs under-fire De Gea

Wayne Rooney has leapt to the defence of under-fire goalkeeper David de Gea, confirming his Manchester United side are firmly "behind" the Spaniard.

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Wayne Rooney: Defends team-mate David de Gea following recent criticism of the M

De Gea was widely criticised following Tottenham's stoppage-time equaliser a fortnight ago, and was under further scrutiny on Wednesday following Southampton's early goal at Old Trafford.

The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper produced a number of impressive saves at Fulham on Saturday that led to a crucial 1-0 victory, and Rooney praised the Spaniard despite recent criticism.

"David has made some great saves over the last few weeks," Rooney said.

"I know he got a little bit of criticism after the Tottenham game but it wasn't the biggest mistake I've ever seen.

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

United defender Jonny Evans added: "People underestimate the reflexes he's got.

"We are used to seeing him do that. His shot-stopping ability is very good and his save from (John Arne) Riise was excellent."

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