Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for David De Gea after their 1-1 draw at Real Madrid.

The under-fire Spanish goalkeeper was outstanding as Manchester United, who took the lead through Danny Welbeck, escaped with a draw after Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning equaliser.

Ferguson said: "De Gea has been improving all season and he even got a touch on the shot from Coentrao in the first half when he put it on to the post.

"He was excellent and made three or four top saves. He was coming back to Madrid after his career with Atletico, so to perform like that against Real …"