Man United could have found themselves a goal down within the first five minutes if it wasn’t for their keeper, who made a tremendous reflex save from John Terry’s header. It was a crucial moment in a game where going a goal behind could have been extremely detrimental to United’s chances given the circumstances going into the clash.
The Spaniard proved his worth once again in the second half with an incredible double save to preserve his clean sheet. De Gea made a terrific save low to his right before quickly getting up and following it up with another stop to deny Cesar Azpilicueta.
It was a lesson in shot-stopping from the keeper and Ferdinand was thoroughly impressed, as he told BT Sport: “De Gea is so quick, he gets down quick and he gets up and reacts. He’s a phenomenal keeper.”
@D_DeGea is unreal
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) December 28, 2015
Despite a better performance from United, the fact that they had to rely on their keeper to ensure they did not succumb to defeat says a whole lot about this season. Many felt that the Reds played well against Chelsea, a side who came into the game 16th in the league, even though De Gea needed to be right at the top of his game.
Time and time again, the 25-year-old has shown why United were so lucky to keep him past the summer transfer window and out of the hands of Real Madrid. Playing behind a shaky defence, De Gea has shown consistency and quality that not many could have expected from him, making him one of the most important members of the United squad.