De Gea kept us in the FA cup, admits Alex Ferguson

United had appeared to be cruising into the semi-finals after early goals from Javier Hernandez and the recalled Wayne Rooney put them in control on a wintry afternoon at Old Trafford. Their poise disappeared in the second half though, as goals from Eden Hazard and Ramires brought Chelsea back into the tie, and Ferguson said Tuesday's sapping Champions League loss to Real Madrid was to blame.

updated: March 11, 2013 08:43 IST
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Manchester: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson hailed goalkeeper David de Gea after his superb late save against Chelsea kept the Premier League leaders in the FA Cup.

United led 2-0 after 11 minutes of Sunday's quarter-final but Chelsea hit back to level the score in the second half and the hosts were left hanging on in the dying stages.

Chelsea could have snatched a winning goal in the last minute of normal time, when Juan Mata cushioned a high ball and stepped inside Jonny Evans before blasting a shot at goal.

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