Edinson Cavani scored Manchester United’s equaliser against Newcastle, but the point was only possible thanks to David de Gea.
The Spanish goalkeeper produced a series of outstanding saves in the 1-1 draw to keep United in the game, even after Cavani’s equaliser.
De Gea made seven saves in total to keep Newcastle at bay, including one close range stop from Allan Saint-Maximin in the second half.
He made a full stretch stop from a late Almiron shot to deny Newcastle a late win, which they frankly would have deserved.
De Gea should not have been needed
United were terrible and should not have been so reliant on De Gea to bail the team out throughout the game. But we are quite used to this by now.
De Gea has been United’s star performer this season, responding well to a challenging campaign the previous year.
Newcastle are battling relegation and De Gea would not have been expecting to be United’s star performer in this match. He deserves credit for stepping up all the same.
The early goal Newcastle scored was the first De Gea had conceded in three games under Ralf Rangnick.
Even with a couple of matches in hand, United sit in seventh place in the Premier League table, an uninspiring return on a season in which fans hoped for far more.
If not for De Gea, United would even worse off, he has come to the team’s rescue on countless occasions this season and is on course to win his first player of the year award since 2017/18.
If every United player produced the heroics and consistency De Gea has delivered this season, the team would be competing for the title.
Manager Ralf Rangnick told United’s club website: “Again there were two or three fantastic saves from David De Gea, similar to the game at Norwich, but we also had our chances to score a second goal. For sure, David is one of the best goalkeepers in the world – he showed that at Norwich and in the game today.”
Here is a look at how United fans reacted to De Gea’s performance…
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