Scott Minto has hailed David de Gea for his ‘standout’ display for Manchester United in their 1-0 win over West Ham.
Although he didn’t have much to do for the first 70 minutes of the game, the 31-year-old preserved United’s points with a number of impressive saves late in the game.
As well as rocking Michail Antonio’s sparkling effort over the bar, he also denied Kurt Zouma’s header from close range to keep the Red Devils in front.
With De Gea missing out on a place in Spain’s preliminary 55-man World Cup squad, he could be forgiven for licking his wounds, but his performance was full of combat.
Marcus Rashford was the game-winner by scoring his 100th goal for United, but the striker was full of praise for De Gea after the game, saying: “David was excellent today.
“I think it was Zouma’s head, I don’t know how he saved it, then Declan’s [Rice] at the end there.
“David is a top goalkeeper and he creates quality moments like that. It’s obviously a nervous moment when they put balls in the box with corners, set pieces, throw-ins game. It’s hard but it feels good when you get there.”
Speaking after his performance, De Gea said: “To be honest, I feel a bit tired. I think sometimes people think goalkeepers never get tired but we suffer at the end, I don’t think we have. made stoppage before the last 15-20 minutes to finish.
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“I think we controlled the game but in the end it was very tough. They are a good team and they put the players up front.
“It’s a huge win for us if we want to reach and be in the best places we need to win games like today.”
Responding to praise for his display, De Gea said: “I think the whole team [deserves credit]not just defenders.
“We press well and get the ball high in the opposition half, so it’s huge for us to defend well.
“Of course we conceded a few chances at the end but we played against West Ham who are a great team with good players and I’m very happy to be honest.”
De Gea’s performance drew plenty of applause, including from Scott Minto who greeted the Spaniard along with the rest of United’s defensive line.
He told talkSPORT: “It was amazing, what a game of football.
“I think we saw a different team from Manchester United, certainly in the second half where they had to hang on to win the three points.
“I don’t think we’ve seen that in this great run they’ve had, especially in the Premier League.
“These two saves by David de Gea. He’s had his critics and deservedly so over the past two seasons with a lot of players, but he’s stood out.
“Harry Maguire had a great game, but [Lisandro] Martinez, what a player, what a signing and Diego Dalot had an incredible performance and Casemiro in that midfield, then they are standout players for me and what a huge three points for Manchester United.
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