Carlos Carvalhal heaps praise on David de Gea following record breaking display against Swansea City

by Leo Nieboer

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal has hailed David de Gea for making two “fantastic saves” following his side’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.

The Spaniard had absolutely nothing to do in a dominant first half for the hosts but was forced into making two superb saves in quick succession from Tammy Abraham – the first a truly stupendous reaction save from a ferocious shot heading for the top corner.

His 16th clean sheet of the season takes him to his best tally since arriving in England back in 2011.

And Carvalhal, speaking after the game, was quick to heap praise on the 27-year-old for yet another remarkable display between the sticks.

“If we achieved one goal in those few situations, when David de Gea made fantastic saves, you never know,” he said. “We could have made United nervous.”

That save from Abraham deserves to be ranked along jaw-dropping saves from Jese Rodriguez, Joel Matip and Luis Muriel this season. Some stops of equal brilliance may have slipped from my memory, but that is the kind of keeper De Gea is – he does it time and time again.

In a season where United players have only produced good form and top displays ephemerally, De Gea has been utterly reliable from day one. He is truly world class, one of the best in the modern era, and supporters should be thankful to have him between the sticks.

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