Man United emerged 3 – 1 winners over Arsenal after an astonishing and fast-paced football match at The Emirates. Yet with Jose Mourinho recording his first away victory over one of the so-called top 6 sides since taking over as United Manager in 2016 (a run of matches which includes 3 draws and 4 defeats) the performance itself was a mixed one.
The match had a lot of talking points, not least of which was the red card shown to Paul Pogba for a quite dangerous challenge on Hector Bellerin but chief among those was the utterly breathtaking performance by David De Gea.
This was a thrilling contest and at some point, end to end but the Arsenal players will still be in shock at how they could only get one goal. And this was due to the brilliance of the Man United shot stopper, who with a string of astounding saves equaled the record for the most saves in one match in the premier league (14) since opta started recording match statistics in 2002/2003.
His performance in the first half was just remarkable, saving shots from Ramsey, Bellerin and Kolasinac and keeping out what would have been an own goal by Romelu Lukaku but he did even better in the second at one point denying Alexander Lacazette and then Alexis Sanchez with a quite remarkable double save.
On a day when his team raced off to an early 2 goal lead thanks to goals from captain Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard but were pretty much under the cosh for the rest of the game, DDG showed why he is regarded as arguably the best goalkeeper in the world with an outstanding individual performance reminiscent to the one he gave in a 3 nil victory over Liverpool at old Trafford in 2014 and that will be remembered for a long time by both United and Arsenal supporters. Even though he didn’t get the clean sheet that this performance thoroughly deserves, he still leads that particular statistic in the league with 9 in 15 games played so far this season and he’s truly deserving of the ratings and reviews he has gotten so far.
And as was stated in an article earlier today, there might be two or three goalkeepers in the world as good as David De Gea, but there is none better.