De Gea The Saviour
David De Gea The Real Saviour
Jesse Lingard and David De Gea produced stunning performances at both ends of the pitch to inspire Manchester United to a crucial victory at Arsenal, but the win came at a heavy cost, with Paul Pogba earning a red card that will rule him out of next week’s highly anticipated clash against rival Manchester City. Lingard’s two goals in an effervescent display, combined with a series of world-class saves by De Gea, were the key factors in United’s 3-1 win at the Emirates.
They used to say that Peter Schmeichel won an extra 10 points every season for Manchester United due to his heroics in goal during the 1990s and David De Gea took a leaf out of the “Great Dane’s” book with his performance at the Emirates. Schmeichel famously threw up the barriers with an unforgettable performance in a crucial 1-0 win at Newcastle in 1996 which proved decisive in United overtaking Kevin Keegan’s team in the title race.
This game did not have the same significance for United, but a defeat would almost certainly have ended any lingering hopes of catching Manchester City, so De Gea’s array of saves were up there with Schmeichel’s at St James’ Park. The Spaniard used every part of his body to repel the Arsenal onslaught, making 14 hugely important saves, with one acrobatic effort preventing a Romelu Lukaku own goal late in the first half.
There was a close-range block to deny Alexandre Lacazette and double saves from Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac and then a double save on Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez after the break, which was arguably the best of the lot. Further saves from Sanchez and Alex Iwobi frustrated Arsenal and denied them a victory and the chance to extend their winning home run to 13 games.
Arsenal Head Coach Arsène Wenger was disappointed on Arsenal’s loss in Emirates stadium and he also said about De Gea as “It was a mystery yes (to not score more), but David de Gea was man of the match by a clear mile.”