“He’s a massive talent and he’s got a lot of ability,” he added. “If Gareth Bale scores one like the second goal, everyone’s raving about it. He’s a bubbly lad and a fantastic footballer, but he’s a level-headed guy as well. He knows what he has got to do, he has to keep his head down and if he keeps playing like that he is going to hit the heights.”
Key to the turnaround in the Reds’ fortunes at the Stadium of Light was a brilliant one-handed save by David De Gea to deny Emanuele Giaccherini in the first half, a moment acknowledged by the grateful and impressed England international.
“It was a terrific save, and one of the reasons why we got three points today. It was out of the blue, and a great reaction save from David.”