Wednesday’s result at Old Trafford would’ve looked very different if it were not for the Spaniard, who was at the top of his game.
David de Gea was named “the best goalkeeper in the world” by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his heroics for Manchester United against Villarreal.
De Gea might not have been as consistently world-class lately as he once used to be but he was once again at his sparkling best last night.
The 30-year-old pulled six saves, a couple of which were extraordinary, to keep Manchester United from suffocating until Cristiano Ronaldo’s moment of magic earned them a dramatic late 2-1 win.
The Spanish shot-stopper laid the foundation for the Red Devils’ victory on Wednesday and was deservedly voted their Man of the Match.
“Thankfully, we had the best goalkeeper in the world tonight,” Solskjaer said at his post-match press conference.
“David was fantastic and I was very happy with his performance.
“You are probably right that he had a difficult summer. After that, he went to the Euros, and didn’t play there, but he has come back with determination and a belief and, today, he got his deserved outcome.
“He saved us tonight, to be realistic. Without David, we have got good keepers in Tom [Heaton] and Dean [Henderson], but today David deserves Man of the Match for me.”