Olympiakos stars blame De Gea for exit - 'He did his job very well!'

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea earned major plaudits for his double save against Olympiakos yesterday.

Manchester United have done it, and the first great European night under David Moyes has been born - what the fans will hope will be the first of many.

After what was an absolutely abysmal performance in Greece they turned the tie around at Old Trafford last night with a 3-0 win courtesy of a Robin van Persie hat-trick.

RVP’s performance was just one of many that shone last night.

Phil Jones was terrific at the back, Danny Welbeck on top form as a wide outlet, Wayne Rooney back to his best and Ryan Giggs was simply imperious.

But for the Olympiakos players they seem to hold one person on the United team accountable for their Champions League exit.

David De Gea.

The Spanish goalkeeper made a terrific double save in the first-half from a David Fuster header and the follow-up from Alejandro Dominguez - leaving the Olympiakos players stunned.

And that pair have been talking about the game today.

The Spanish and Argentine attacking midfielders spoke to UEFA.com about the disappointing result yesterday - and both had fine words to say about the Spanish stopper - who is developing a reputation as something of a star performer in the Champions League.

Fuster stated:

“We still only needed one goal and had to keep trying – we kept fighting till the end but got no reward. We had a really good chance – my header which he [De Gea] saved very well, and then the rebound fell to [Domínguez] and he saved that too. But goalkeepers have a job to do too and he did his very well.”

Meanwhile Dominguez was perhaps even more praising in his comments:

“It was a game where the narrowest of margins made a big difference. De Gea's save was a key moment but so too was when they got the second goal with 30 seconds left [of the first half]. As a team, as players, we have to be responsible and to know that we did all we could – we tried and today is a hard day for all of us.”

18 months ago not many were backing De Gea to come good at Old Trafford - but just over a year after THAT performance against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu it looks like he might just be the real deal after all.

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