Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Real Madrid was secured thanks to fine displays from a trio of their younger players at the Bernabeu: David De Gea, Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck.
De Gea in particular was many people’s man of the match as he stood firm throughout. Manchester United’s Spanish number one didn’t put a foot wrong all night and made at least two world class saves.
Early on, with Real Madrid looking for the opener, De Gea produced a sensational save from Fabio Coentrao where he pushed the ball on to the post to keep Manchester United at 0-0.
In the second half, it was a more unconventional save from De Gea that was applauded across the globe as he reacted with a sliding Matrix-style kick on his goal line, again from Coentrao.
It looks likely that De Gea’s saves in Madrid will confirm his place as Manchester United’s first choice keeper for many years to come.
As Sir Alex Ferguson said in the pre-match press conference, De Gea is over his “wobbles.”
The young Spaniard has been under pressure of late from the media but produced an excellent display. GIFs of the two world class saves below.