The Spanish shot-stopper pulled a pivotal stoppage-time save to ensure his side do not settle for a draw on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has saluted “top keeper” David de Gea for his heroics that helped Manchester United pick up all three points against West Ham United.
As it looked like West Ham were about to walk away empty-handed, Man United offered them an excellent opportunity to score the equalizer by conceding a penalty after Luke Shaw was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.
De Gea hadn’t kept out a penalty for over five years, but he kept his cool in the face of pressure and turned away Mark Noble’s attempt to make sure his team take home a 2-1 win.
As soon as the referee blew for full-time, Solskjaer and the United players ran straight to the former Atletico Madrid man to congratulate him.
“You know he’s a top keeper, everyone loves having him behind them,” Solskjaer said in his post-match interview with MUTV.
“He’s come back focused, really determined, with a desire to show who he is. It’s his 11th season and we’ve never stopped believing in him, and it’s important that he also knows that.
“He came in pre-season and said: ‘I know I’m supposed to be rested but I want to come back early’ and that just shows his determination.”