Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister has showered praise on David de Gea following Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, labelling the Spaniard as world class.
Jose Mourinho’s side begun the game on the front foot, pressing the home side and offering the likes of Saido Mane and Roberto Firmino no space in behind the full-backs, leaving De Gea with hardly anything to do in the first-half.
However, as Liverpool crept back into the game after half time, the 25-year-old was called into action twice, making vital stops from Emre Can and Philipe Coutinho.
Speaking after the game, Pallister was clearly enthused by De Gea’s wondrous display.
“Watching the ball you think it’s bound for the top corner,” he said.
“But De Gea gets across and gets his fingertips on it, his two saves were world-class.
“He gets the chance to see Coutinho’s shot from a distance but with the first one the reaction time needed to get down so quick was class. They’re both absolutely world-class saves.”
Following his woeful error against Stoke City, this was the perfect response from De Gea.
The mark of a truly special keeper is an ability to spring into action after a sustained period of, well, having absolutely nothing to do. His first save, a low stop to his right, was a glorious example of sheer reactionary brilliance. The ball traveled through approximately three sets of legs before reaching De Gea and was practically behind him by the time his hand pawed the ball away to safety.
His second save was vintage De Gea, eerily reminiscent of the save he made from Juan Mata back in 2012: that extraordinary, superman-like right hand coming across to beat away a shot destined for the top right hand corner. It was, above anything, a beautiful thing to watch, and United fans will expect to see more of the same in the coming months.