Manchester United have been in the news most of this week because of a book their former manager wrote and released this week, but they produced a performance yesterday that Sir Alex Ferguson himself would have sympathised with.
Manchester United have always had something of a reputation of managing to win games that they perhaps did not deserve to based on their performance - and the 3-2 win against Stoke City is a perfect example of such an occasion.
Goals from Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez were enough to complete the fight back despite Peter Crouch and Marko Arnautovic finding the back of the net for Stoke City.
But the fact of the matter is that without some early heroics from David De Gea, Mark Hughes could have seen his side out of sight against his one-time manager and former club.
Stoke had numerous early chances in the game, as they caught the Manchester United defence ice cold at the beginning of the fixture.
When the young Spaniard arrived at United he initially came in for plenty of criticism for his poor decision making, lack of physical stature and general poor handling - but last season he came good, being named the PFA Goalkeeper of the Year.
That sort of form is just what he demonstrated for United yesterday. He made three important saves in the game to deny The Potters the runaway lead they deserved - while he had no chance with the goals from Crouch or Arnautovic. In particular his save from Jonathan Walters effort was truly world-class.
It was a performance that received a warm reception from Moyes in the press, with the United boss stating:
"We needed our goalkeeper to make an extraordinary save in the first half. But that's what he's in the team for, he's there to do that, he's part of the team.’’
De Gea has been one of the less ropey performers under Moyes’ United and again he demonstrated his natural ability in this tie.
And as Moyes continues to struggle to get his team defending consistently well, we expect that De Gea is going to be called upon to put in several good performances this season…
Here is some Twitter reaction to his performance…
Big thanks to David de Gea for saving our asses yesterday, the score would have been more if not for him. #UNITED— Uniteds RedArmy (@UnitedsRedArmy) October 27, 2013
David de Gea critics and sceptics looking more incorrect every games. That man didn't deserve to be on a losing side today— Doron Salomon (@DoronSalomon) October 26, 2013
De Gea is great! Always saving United amid their current gloomy situation.— Okpako Innocent (@NolexElnakco) October 26, 2013
That Stoke free kick was the definition of unstoppable. Good game at Old Trafford. De Gea was great.— Michael Bowers (@michaelibowers) October 27, 2013
Tell me that de gea isn't one of the best keepers in the world... you can't!— ash isaacs (@ashisaacs) October 27, 2013
Worth noting that Dave De Gea has made match-saving stops in both of #mufc's comeback PL wins this season - Sunderland away, Stoke at home.— Bobby Hare (@BobbyHare) October 27, 2013
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