It’s the same old story, isn’t it?
Man United put in a sub-par performance, allow a ‘lesser’ team the chance to capitalise and David De Gea is there to bail them out.
How many times – be it in the Premier League or Champions League – has the Spaniard pulled off a ridiculous, match-defining save to keep United in with a shout?
In the last few weeks alone, De Gea has saved United’s bacon numerous times, notably against Sevilla in their recent Champions League clash and at Crystal Palace in Monday night’s 3-2 thriller.
De Gea is so good it almost makes us sick.
His cat-like reflexes to deny Sevilla’s Muriel clocked in at a staggering 0.26 seconds, which is basically Jedi-esque.
Despite having the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and (the admittedly ever-improving) Victor Lindelof, the No 1 has saved 18 of the 19 shots on target he’s faced in the Champions League this term, conceding his only goal in a 4-1 win in Moscow back in the group stage.
After that save in the first-leg clash, BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand said: “He’s outright the best keeper in the world. It was unreal, he’s been doing this for a couple years now.
“I celebrated it like it was a goal for Man United. That’s saved United.”
And after his mind-blow stop against Christian Benteke on Monday – which kept United level at 2-2 at the time – Jamie Carragher shared Ferdinand’s sentiment, saying: “This is a great save from a normal goalkeeper, for David De Gea it’s a good save.
“For most goalkeepers, it’s a great save. He is that good a goalkeeper. He is the best goalkeeper in the world in my opinion. I would expect him to make that save but that shows how good he is.”
Furthermore, former England full-back Gary Neville claimed last month that De Gea was United’s only world-class player, which was probably a distressing for the likes of Paul Pogba and Juan Mata.
However, it seems the rest of world doesn’t exactly feel the same way.
In a recent poll, France Football asked former goalkeepers, including Santiago Canizares and Francesco Toldo, to rank the best goalkeepers in around right now.
And De Gea came in seventh, behind fellow Prem ‘keepers Thibaut Courtois and Hugo Lloris, as well Madrid’s Keylor Navas. Yep, the same Keylor Navas that Madrid have been trying to replace with De Gea for years.
Manuel Neuer topped that poll and is widely considered stopping block for many who are reluctant to claim De Gea is the best.
But the German’s advancing years and problems with injury recently, coupled with Bayern Munich and Germany’s superior defence, is surely also a factor?
Whatever you believe, De Gea is constantly proving his invaluable worth to United and will continue to produce ‘save of the season’ contenders week in, week out, which at least gives us something to talk about, eh?
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