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Smalling in awe of ‘brilliant’ team-mate


CHRIS SMALLING has revealed how David de Gea’s goalkeeping continues to astonish his Manchester United team-mates.

The Spaniard brilliantly denied Everton striker Romelu Lukaku from the penalty spot in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final victory and later thwarted Gerard Deulofeu with the scoreline at 1-1.

Smalling, who himself has had an outstanding season, is adamant De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world.

“We all know as players he is constantly showing that (he is the best in the world), and he’s stepping up in all the right positions and he’s been brilliant,” Smalling said.

“It’s his reactions. They’re already celebrating and we’re a bit ‘Oh no’, but you know when you’ve got David behind you there’s a half chance he’s going to get a hand to it, or a foot to it, anything to it. He’s brilliant.”


Although Smalling may be a touch biased, it’s hard to argue given De Gea’s superb form over the last couple of seasons.

Added to his cat-like reflexes, the United keeper is also very accomplished with his feet and actually initiates a lot of his side’s attacks with his distribution.

And at just 25 years of age, he’s arguably only going to get better.

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