David De Gea has been the focus of heavy criticism from many as his performances in goal for Manchester United seem to be nowhere near the performances he was showing in yesteryear. But this season, he has shown just why he was regarded as one of the very best in the world.
In the latest United On My Mind breakfast show on Facebook live, writers Omar Garrick and Casey Evans joined up to reflect on the performance against West Ham. The pair were both impressed by De Gea’s display against the Hammers and his brilliant start to the 2021/22 campaign.
OG: “It’s an interesting thing with De Gea in the sense that he is looking his best. I think that is the best we’ve seen him in the last two years.”
CE: “The good thing is we’re not saying David De Gea has got a lot better from where he was because he’s made 13 saves against a team that would’ve scored otherwise. That’s always what we’ve associated with De Gea but he’s been getting better in a lot of other ways.
“He’s coming to claim loose balls, he’s actually coming out of his net, he’s trying to distribute faster. He’s doing a lot of the things we have seen so many other goalkeepers be successful within recent years throughout the league with the likes of Ederson and Allison. I think it’s those little incremental things he is improving in his game that are the real highlights so far.”
“They’ve been flashes of vintage De Gea like the double-save against Wolves which was fantastic. The De Gea of the past would definitely not concede any shots and I feel like he’s been unlucky to concede a lot of the times this season.”
“None of the goals have been his fault which is something we probably couldn’t say last season of the season prior. I think he’s definitely improved his all-around game and he obviously saved a penalty which is the cherry on top of the cake.”
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OG: “It wasn’t a great performance, don’t get me wrong, because he didn’t really have much to do in the game before the penalty, but it was a great save. It’ll do him the world of good because he hasn’t saved a penalty in the Premier League since 2014 so it’s been a long time coming. He has made some tremendous performances so far this season.”
“I think he looks more comfortable in goal compared to what he has done in previous seasons and maybe that’s because he has a more comfortable back four in front of him. He looks more assured, more calm and composed. There’s still a lot more to come from David De Gea because he’s still a world-class goalkeeper.”
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