Manchester United must still be reeling from Sunday’s clash at Wembley, where they held on to their slender one-goal lead only through the heroics of David De Gea.
While the goal was gifted to them by a deft Marcus Rashford, replying to a well-found pass by Paul Pogba late in the first half, the second half was pure attacking football from Tottenham and an unwavering response from De Gea.
As many as 11 saves were made by the Spaniard, who put front his whole body in order to save shots. Dele Alli alone may have been able to score a brace, while Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld were repeatedly denied by the cool shot-stopper.
Of course, it isn’t easy to please in the world of football, and many critics used the ‘ball was coming right at him’ argument to reduce the brilliance of De Gea’s antics, calling him overrated.
Well, it takes a keeper to know the inner-workings of saves, and former Manchester United keeper Ben Foster, who currently functions for Watford, tweeted the following in response to the abovementioned critics:
I see a lot of people saying all De Gea saves were straight at him, please factor in that the guy has some mad sense to know where to be at just the right time, you can’t teach that. Proper goally 👏
— Ben Foster (@BenFoster) January 13, 2019
The Spaniard’s vision was truly impeccable, and what astonished more than his saves was the cool manner he held throughout the fixture.
The second-half saw more action on De Gea’s end than any other portion of the field, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be highly impressed by his antics.
In fact, the higher-ups at United must take this as a message and secure the custodian for the long-term immediately, as he is currently playing on a 12-month extension clause to his stipulated period of stay at Old Trafford.