David de Gea turns 25 today and on his birthday, let us take a moment and appreciate one of the best goalkeepers of this age. In this article, we have compiled a list of five best saves of De Gea. Take a look and enjoy!
Spain vs Ukraine (2015):
Ukraine came out with all guns blazing against Spain in their home fixture in the Euro 2016 qualifiers as they needed a win to keep up their hopes of qualifying directly into the Euro finals. But all their attacks and efforts were thwarted by David de Gea who seemed like a man possessed on that day. De Gea made 11 saves, one of which was an outstanding reflex save with his leg to deny Ruslan Rotan. He was duly adjudged the man of the match as Spain narrowly won 1-0, courtesy to a Mario Gaspar header.
Manchester United vs Everton (2014):
United defeated Everton 2-1 with goals from Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao. But it was David de Gea who was United’s hero as he turned out to be their saviour for the umpteenth time. De Gea first saved a Leighton Baines penalty just before half time to deny an Everton equalizer. The Spaniard later produced a superb save when his outstretched dive prevented Leon Osman from scoring and putting Everton back in the match. The Spaniard also provided with a stunning save of Bryan Oviedo’s volley in the dying minutes of the game to ensure a victory.
Chelsea vs Manchester United (2012):
This freekick from Juan Mata looked to be a sure goal, but David de Gea produced a superb save diving to his left to deny his fellow Spaniard from scoring. This was a highly intense match that saw two Chelsea players sent off, and United took the advantage of numerical superiority as they won 3-2. However without that brilliant save from de Gea the match could have had an entirely different result.
Sunderland vs Manchester United (2013):
Sunderland were leading 1-0 via a Craig Gardner goal in the early minutes of the game. The hosts were close to making it 2-0 in the Stadium of Light but Emmanuel Giachchereni’s header of Adam Johnson’s cross was brilliantly saved by the United keeper diving to his right. An Adnan Januzaj’s brace in the space of two minutes at the hour mark was enough to see United emerge as the victors. A win at the Stadium of Light is always a hard task and David de Gea’s all important save prevented the Black Cats from taking a stronghold in the game.
Arsenal vs Manchester United (2014):
This was a match which was entirely won due to de Gea’s heroics. The game was entirely dominated by the Gunners but the Red Devils struck when required as an Kieran Gibbs own goal and a Wayne Rooney strike saw them win this tough away fixture 2-1. De Gea was the main hero in keeping the score 0-0 at half time as he pulled off a string of saves to deny Arsenal from scoring. It was De Gea who came with the most important save to deny Wilshere in an one-on-one face off in the 15th minute after some horrible defending by his defenders. That save turned out to be important as that goal might have seen Arsenal run away with the match with their dominant performance. But as the game progressed, United scored when it mattered to seal the game 2-1.
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