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27/10/2012 15:17, Report by A Bostock, S Bibby

De Gea wary of compatriots

David De Gea returns to the scene of a first-season turning point on Sunday, as Manchester United take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Reds goalkeeper made probably his best - and certainly one of his most important - saves during his debut campaign in England when his Spain Under-21 team-mate Juan Mata tested him with a last-minute free-kick.

De Gea's fantastic agility enabled him to keep the ball out and ensure United's dramatic comeback from 0-3 to 3-3 yielded a precious league point. "I remember it was a difficult game but we managed to come back from 0-3 down in a strong second period," David told ManUtd.com. "It is a save I will remember because it boosted my confidence and it was also an important save for the team."

The shot-stopper will be looking out for Mata once again this weekend - "He is a player of great quality and Chelsea's football is different with him on the field" - and, if selected, three other fellow Spaniards in Fernando Torres ("We need to keep a close eye on him"), Cesar Azpilicueta ("strong defensively but he can also attack") and Oriel Romeu ("a superb player whose passing is great").

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