David de Gea made a terrific fingertip save to save Manchester United from defeat in their Premier League game against Leicester City on Saturday evening.
United put in a performance that will worry fans – especially in the first half, when they were at their lacklustre worst, failing to create dangerous situations or move the ball with any speed or conviction.
The Red Devils did perform slightly better in the second half and managed to equalise through Brazilan midfielder Fred just 180 seconds after Kelechi Iheanacho had given Leicester a 63rd-minute lead.
But had it not been for their heroic Spanish goalkeeper De Gea, United may well have ended the evening at Old Trafford with no points rather than the one they eventually held out for.
Just six minutes after Fred found the net, De Gea was called into action and responded in resplendent style.
A corner found Wesley Fofana, who was being very loosely marked by Paul Pogba, in the middle of the box. Fofana rose and directed his header right into the top corner of the Manchester United net.
Or at least that’s what he thought. As it sailed towards the goal, Fofana could be seen almost starting to wheel away in celebration.
But De Gea was there. The United shot-stopper dived to his right and stuck out a long right arm, just about reaching the ball and managing to tip it around the post, keeping the score at 1-1.
Few goalkeepers in world football are capable of such stunning stops – and it is not the first time De Gea has saved United’s bacon in the 2021-22 season.
United boss Ralf Rangnick was asked in January whether he saw similarities between De Gea and Manuel Neuer, who he managed at Schalke, and said: “Well, I think they are both definitely on the list of the top five goalkeepers in the world, maybe even in the top three.
“They are both in a fantastic shape, physically and as well as on the line, when it’s about controlling the box, David de Gea is probably one of the best if not the best in the world and we are very happy to have him.”
De Gea masterclasspic.twitter.com/6cjEua2DF3
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