Manchester United ensured that Huddersfield Town sat at the bottom of the league when they defeated them 3-1 on Boxing Day at Old Trafford.
A lucky goal from Nemanja Matic and a decisive brace from Paul Pogba proved enough to grant the home side the victory.
But late into the game, Mathias Jorgensen managed to nick in a consolation goal for Huddersfield.
That would have been a painful one for David De Gea to let past the net, particularly since the brunt of the mistake, as usual, lay upon his defenders, who didn’t do much to mark the goalscorer’s run deep into the box.
What makes matters worse is that the Spaniard was able to display a brilliant save in the same half, the sort of which he hasn’t been able to make in quite a while now, and ought to have sealed the cleansheet for him, having secured only two so far this season.
Needless to say, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had his say on the brilliance of the save. Speaking after the game, the Norwegian gaffer stated: “That save is one of the best I’ve seen, probably the best.”
If those words had come from anyone else who only recently started watching the game, it could have been understood. But coming from the former striker, it is arguably the highest form of compliment.
During his playing days, Solskjaer had the pleasure of playing alongside and witnessing the antics of Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar, who are undoubtedly two of the best goalkeepers Manchester United have ever seen.
Despite that, by stating De Gea’s save to be the best speaks volumes as to how highly he rates the 28-year-old. Supporters will now be hoping that this admiration on his part will transform into a positive impact when it comes to the shot-stopper’s contract extension talks, which were on hold so far.