Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea produced a big moment to deny Jules Kounde a goal as the Red Devils beat Barcelona 2-1.
But after the game, De Gea was more inclined to pick out his teammates for praise, focusing on goalscorers Antony and Fred.
The Spanish stopper was particularly beaming about Fred, expressing his admiration for the midfielder’s professionalism and hard work.
He explained he feels Fred is fully ‘deserving’ of the big moment, with the 29-year-old scoring the equalising goal hich turned the game.
Fred praised by De Gea
David de Gea spoke to MUTV after the victory and told of his delight at helping United come through such a big game.
He said: “Antony, for a couple of weeks, was out with an injury. But coming back from the injury, playing good and scoring the goal, it’s great for the team.
“And Fred always deserves all the good things that happen to him because he always works really hard for the team.
“Even when he’s not playing, he’s always ready to play, giving his best and he deserves [this].”
The goalkeeper was also asked about his save, but was keen to shift the attention away from himself.
He said: “I helped the team again so I’m happy but I think the whole team has been magnificent.”
De Gea had a poor moment in the first half when he passed the ball to Barcelona’s attackers. He then saw Casemiro bail him out with two blocks to prevent a shot.
There have been times in De Gea’s career at Manchester United when he has looked depressed and mentally beaten by the club’s malaise.
Right now he looks energised by United’s turnaround, just like the club’s fans. It feels like United are finally on the right track, reaching a level we could only dream of this time last year.
Not many fans would have envisioned Fred playing a key part in United’s revival. He has stepped up with Christian Eriksen injured, scoring more goals this season now (five) than in any of his previous campaigns.