The Spaniard started ahead of Sergio Romero in Man United’s defeat to Feyenoord earlier this month after the Argentinian played against Northampton in the EFL Cup.
Romero was given the go ahead in United’s second Europa League clash against the Ukrainian club and Mourinho insists he deserved to start ahead of de Gea.
“Romero is not our ordinary goalkeeper,” he said.
“He’s a very good goalkeeper, Argentina national team goalkeeper, played last week in the League Cup, plays today, he deserves that, he deserves to go home with two matches in his pocket
“He knows David is the first option. He’s an amazing guy and he deserves to play.”
He made a stunning save in the second-half and has drastically improved his game since his arrival at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal.
It seems training with de Gea has done wonders for his ability and Mourinho believe’s Romero is good enough to earn more game-time.
De Gea has been vital for United once again this season and beating him to a spot in the starting XI will be extremely difficult, but Romero has done well in proving Mourinho can rely on him when called upon.