21/12/2013 08:27, Report by T Oscroft

Carroll hails De Gea

David De Gea’s performances are justifying why Manchester United brought the Spanish goalkeeper to the club, according to predecessor Roy Carroll.

Although he is now firmly established as the Reds’ first-choice stopper, De Gea had to deal with considerable scrutiny after Sir Alex Ferguson signed him from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011.

Carroll himself came to Old Trafford a decade earlier and although he's now with Olympiacos, the club’s next Champions League opponents, the Northern Ireland international still takes a keen interest in matters at United.

De Gea's displays as the last line of defence have helped United keep three consecutive clean sheets in a three-game winning streak, and speaking to MUTV, Carroll said: "Sir Alex stood by De Gea, he's gained more experience and he’s now more relaxed playing in the Premier League.

“You can see it in games - he’s a great shot-stopper and he’s coming for more crosses. Sir Alex believed in him, and he’s proved that he is worth the money that Manchester United paid for him.”

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