Manchester United earned a goalless draw at Sevilla in their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday and it was largely down to the efforts of one man.
David De Gea was in outstanding form at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, pulling off a string of fine saves as United became the first team to stop Sevilla from scoring at home in the Champions League.
The White and Reds’ first home blank in 19 attempts will give Jose Mourinho and his side a slight advantage ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford, and they have their Spanish stopper to thank for it.
8 – David de Gea has made eight saves against Sevilla, the most for a Manchester United goalkeeper in a Champions League game since Edwin van der Sar vs Barcelona in May 2011 (8). Hero. pic.twitter.com/OpxZQSzK9p
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 21, 2018
Sevilla had 25 shots with 8 on target, but De Gea was equal to them all, the standout save coming just before half-time when he stuck out a hand to deflect Muriel’s header from six yards over the bar when the Sevilla player looked certain to score.
Imagine thinking De Gea isn't the best keeper in the world. pic.twitter.com/ykkIq9zNMv
— The Boi (@ChuBoi) February 21, 2018
It was a world class save which left United fans drooling.
David De Gea is not of this world
— Jack Lang (@jacklang) February 21, 2018
What. A. Save. That’s up there with his best ever! #DeGea
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) February 21, 2018
Actual footage of David de Gea in goal for Manchester United tonight ?? pic.twitter.com/yhkRtTj3ew
— Dugout (@Dugout) February 21, 2018
De Gea is a god.
— Öliver. (@UtdOliver) February 21, 2018
While others questioned whether United rely on him too much.
This Manchester United side is either a nasty prank on De Gea or a canny production to showcase his brilliance.
— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) February 21, 2018
Where on God's green earth would we be without the phenomenal David De Gea, WOW.
— Al Foran (@ImpressionistAL) February 21, 2018
Brilliant save by DeGea in Champions League tonight saves Man United and not for the first time! Shows how important a good goalkeeper is to a team.
— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) February 21, 2018
Is he the best keeper in the world?