Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has lavished praise on goalkeeper David de Gea following the Red Devils’ last gasp win over Newcastle United on Wednesday nightGetty Images

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has heaped praise on goalkeeper David de Gea following the Red Devils' last gasp win over Newcastle United on Wednesday night.

The Old Trafford club left it until the 89th minute to find the winner, which was scored by Ashley Young following a massive error from Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul.

The Spanish goalkeeper has been United's best player thus far this season and has put in some incredible performances to keep the club still in the hunt for a place in the top four. He has at times singlehandedly won games for Van Gaal's team this season and the manager has given credit where it's due by comparing him to a former Old Trafford hero Edwin van der Sar.

"David De Gea, this year, is unbelievable. In my career I have a lot of good goalkeepers, for example Edwin van der Sar was one of my goalkeepers and [Victor] Valdes also with Barcelona, but De Gea is having a great season," Van Gaal told United's official site.

The former Bayern Munich manager was also delighted with his team following their win against the Magpies, and he credited the unbelievable team spirit within the squad and their desire to win matches for taking them over the line at St James' Park.

Van Gaal also hailed Wayne Rooney's determination, as the striker was instrumental in creating the goal, which was finished on the far post by Young.

"I have to say that Wayne, how he makes that goal, is unbelievable, because it was a lost ball. But his fighting spirit is unbelievable."

"I have a fantastic group. They have the spirit and, in spite of all the criticism, they want to win and always play good football. Today I think we played good football," the Dutchman explained.

"Newcastle is a difficult ground to win at so I am very pleased. They have won here against the top clubs so I am very happy," Van Gaal added.