David de Gea’s performance against Watford shows his importance to Man United

by Tanveer Arayan

David de Gea‘s inspirational performance for Manchester United in goal summed up a battling spirit from Louis van Gaal‘s men on a tricky day at Vicarage Road.

The first half saw Man United in real control of the fixture but Watford came out in the second half and put us under real pressure which culminated in a late penalty which saw Troy Deeney fire home an equaliser.

However, United didn’t give in and went down the other end where Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s shot was turned in to give us three points in a very important and gritty 2-1 victory – something De Gea was delighted to see.



More so than any 1-0 or 3-0 victory, a dramatic late winner would have had a profound impact on the players’ and the dressing room was probably bouncing after the full-time whistle. Rightly so, because United snatched victory at the death when a draw looked likely.

That’s the United spirit. That’s a habit we became famous for under Sir Alex Ferguson and from both a fans’ and players’ perspective, nothing beats a last gasp winner and the elation which bursts out after it.

As for De Gea himself, what can you say that hasn’t already been said before? He’s magnificent. There were lots of standard saves against Watford but as well as those, he had a couple of inspirational saves which kept United right in the game.

We all knew how important keeping De Gea was at the start of the season and his performance against Watford was the perfect example of why. For me, he was the best signing of the summer in the Premier League.

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