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03/04/2012 09:45

Papers: De Gea ascent complete

Kevin McCarra writes in The Guardian...

De Gea's strong case for holders' defence
...the reservations about David de Gea, who looked a goalkeeper of intrinsic talent even during some turbulent occasions in his debut season with United, have disappeared with his acclimatisation to a new club and another version of football from what he was used to with Atlético Madrid. He had given a terrible display against Blackburn on New Year's Eve, when the visitors won 3-2 at Old Trafford. De Gea was then dropped but he recovered soon enough. "He didn't let it get to him and is playing with confidence," Ferguson has said of the tribulations on the English scene. At Ewood Park De Gea made the classic response of a goalkeeper who, in a potent side, typically has to settle for a sporadic role, denying Blackburn twice at the close of the first half. A man once in need of reassurance is now a comfort to United followers.

The papers are full of reaction to last night's win at Ewood Park, with the vital roles played by goalscorers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young also being highlighted. The Daily Mirror's headline is 'AA to the rescue' while The Sun goes with 'VALlelujah - Antonio answers Fergie's prayers' after the Ecuadorian's crucial opening strike. Meanwhile, The Independent says of Valencia, "The man on the wing was at the centre of every threat posed by the champions."

The Sun also has an image of the United squad holding the trophy - the Claret Jug, that is, following the weekend trip to St Andrews, the home of golf.

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