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DDG: Chelsea Save A Defining Moment

David de Gea has claimed that his last minute finger tip save against Chelsea, to ensure a 3-3 draw after having gone 3-0 down, was a defining moment in his season.

“When you look back over a season there are lots of defining moments and key goals,” he said. “But, I suppose, from a team point of view, and particularly from a personal point of view, the fact the save was right in the last minute was decisive. It gave me a huge confidence boost as well and that was important. Now we are in front and we have to try and stay there because it would be a dream come true to win the league in my first season. It is nice to know supporters are voting me. It is always a positive when the fans are behind you. It is something I can sense when I am on the field and makes me feel more relaxed. It is a source of extra motivation when you know the fans are right behind you and rooting for you. But all that aside, it is just a case of getting your head down, keep working hard and making sure you do have a continuous improvement all the time.”

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  1. Albert Ross says:


    Baines and Evra on the left, Rafael and Tony on the right?

    I can live with that. Opposition full-backs won’t be able to.

  2. Jeet says:

    @Albert Ross: Actually, I think Fabio is more than ready. I can’t recall him ever letting us down. I think it’s more a case of Evra being better/more experienced, captain of the side and never, ever injured. And we need to give Fabio games, and he needs to stay fit. But I would abolutely love him to become our long term LB. In fact, I would stick my neck out, and say that if Fabio is given a run of games, he will be the best LB in the league.

  3. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Giggs12 – True about van der vaart, i think when you accommodate this number 10s then you better have midfielders that will have good positional awareness/intelligence to cover them defensively, spurs don’t possess these players. Parker is an overrated player although i wouldn’t call him a cunt, typical headless chicken and masks his limited ability with endeavour and energy. If england play him in the euros then they’re doomed, he’ll by passed faster than the statue of liberty.

  4. Albert Ross says:

    To be clear, I think Fabio is great, and I had not at all expected to hear he is going on loan.
    Now that I have that info, I realise that Fabio is not ready.

    Fortunately for all of us, those we trust are close to the action and know exactly what the players and the team needs. Sir Alex and his cohorts do much that appears inexplicable to those not in the know (us)

    ‘Fabio is not ready’ is the gist of what I take from the knowledge that he is going to Benfica.

    Whoa! I’m going to Benfica!
    (couldn’t resist!)

  5. Sandeep1878 says:

    Alberto Rossi,

    actually the wink smiley is used while flirting etc..

    here in ROM you can take it as someone just pulled your leg/had a dig at you/cold humor but not to hurt or just shared a secret or special thing…


  6. Albert Ross says:

    Jeet – I absolutely agree, bar the fact that he’s going on loan.

    Came as a shock to me, as I agree with your assessment. He is now a great left back.
    What do we know? Ha Ha Ha ! Not much, obviously!

  7. Jeet says:

    @Giggs12: Sneijder was absolutely unbelievable in their Cl winning season. One of the best performances in the second half against Munich.

    I think a combination of injuries, unsettled Inter management, and too much money (complacency) leading to his mind not being where it should be have led to his downfall. Speaking of which, how many of think Modric’s below par season this year is down to his heart not being in it? I mean, he was literally bullied and apenapped by Levy to stay.

    On Muniain, I am seldom as impressed by “flavor of the month” players as I have been by this kid. Fast, left footed, genuine power in the shot, skills and intelligence. Top player. And he is not a United style, out and out winger. More like a left sided midfielder. I watched both Erickson (spelling?) and Munian and the latter gets my vote.

    On Baines, I would say that while he is a very good player, but like I mentioned, Fabio is going to be wayyy better if he can stay fit. But, like everybody knows, I’m a sucker for the twins (fook yu and fook me – grroovy babay ;) )

  8. Sandeep1878 says:

    Trying few smileys,




  9. King Eric says:

    Kanchelskis. Beat me to it pal. Would snap Raul up in an instant.

    Sandeep. Alright mate. Don’t forget the reserves play the murderers this aft. Two thirty GMT.

  10. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:


    I am sure thousands of fans will disagree with me mate on Sneijder, maybe its because I am being too harsh i dont know? What I do know had we had spuffed 30 mil on him last year we wouldnt be bringing 20 home as Danny would have not have played who has given Rooney the freedom he needs. Sneijder and Rooney occupy the same position. He may be a scouse cunt but he is our scouse cunt and Rooney despite dog shit criticism is our one true world class player.

  11. Sandeep1878 says:

    Do any of us remember,

    Richie Da Laet? :P

    He scored a goal recently for the reserves…

    He can be our left back…:)

  12. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:

    New thread

  13. Marq says:

    Baines? He has been skinned by too many wingers for my liking. His real attribute is going forward and providing a good cross or freekick. Just think of it, Baines has been playing consistently for a good few years now, why has it that nobody has come in for him? There must be a reason. So I say give it a miss and gamble on someone else.

  14. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Fabio is behind in development, especially defensively. He hasn’t had enough games compared to his twin brother, he has some experience but not enough, he needs to go out on loan and come back with more confidence and improvement. His attacking play is great like a typical brazilian but still behind when it comes to being an all round defender plus evra, who admittedly has dipped in form in the past seasons is still a model of consistency, only a great player with belief will dislodge evra. the frenchman has never lacked that, he’s always brimming with confidence and very professional.

  15. Sandeep1878 says:

    Sir Alex Ferguson

    767 games

    won – 497

    Lost – 108

    winning percentage – 65%.


    Over the 25 years, average he has lost 4 games per season.. ;)

    and i thought Replacing Scholesy was the biggest task of the decade :P

  16. Albert Ross says:


    Thank you!

    So were you flirting? I noticed that you couldn’t keep your eyes off my vowels!

  17. Jeet says:

    @Giggs12: ohh you could be right about the rooney-sneijder conflict. and who’s to say his form wouldn’t have dipped even if he moved to United? All things considered, its split milk, ship’s sailed, and we move on.

  18. King Eric says:

    Hulk is dogshit.

    Giggs12. Ha for once mate we disagree on Raul. He is only 33 aint he ? Top class player too with a sweet left peg and unlike Owen remains fit. Ha just noticed you said exactly the same thing about Hulk word for word!

    I believe Fergie was watching Cissoko the other week not Bastos or Hazard.

  19. MG says:

    smartalex original TM


  20. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Says a lot about de laet that he still remains in the reserves at that age but maybe he’s simply a late developer.

  21. MG says:

    Does this Hulk go green by any chance?

    He’d be worth it then


  22. Costas says:

    Ah, Baines. Remember last season when he tried to go shoulder to shoulder with Valencia and Antonio sent him to the Everton fans’ section? :lol:

    @Albert Ross

    Hi pal.

    Yeah I’d say that I mainly use the wink when I want to show that I don’t really mean something. Like a sarcastic gesture. I also use it when I address someone and tell him something that only he may understand. I am not trying to send out any vibes that I am sexy though. :lol:

    I use the smilies randomly most of the time. Depending on which one suits the situation more.

  23. Jeet says:

    @Samuel: How many games can you recount where Fabio made serious defensive errors? Recall last year’s CL final?

  24. denton davey says:

    Kanchelskis @ 12:13: “Raul. He’d know it was a swansong affair, so wouldn’t mind rare starts, and would have a lot to offer in terms of imparting accumulated experience at the top level.”

    I doubt that he’d accept a “swansong affair”; he’s been very, very good at Schalke and his pride wouldn’t accept being behind Chicharito and DannyTheLad. I don’t think he speaks English so his “accumulated experience at the top level” wouldn’t be worth much to UTD’s younger strikers – well, he could chat in Spanish with Chicharito but I’d be gob-smacked if DannyTheLad (or Will Keane) understand another language. I wrote in the other thread that he’s not the right guy at this time – two years ago he would have been perfect even if his presence would have stunted Chicharito’s development and meant that LittleMikey wouldn’t have scored the winner against ManShitty. 4-3, mate !

  25. Albert Ross says:

    Thanks Costas!

    Sometimes the sexiest vibes are accidental.

    Fortunately I’m not feeling any vibes like that, so your message is getting across safely.
    ps Can I have your number? Just kidding!

  26. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Jeet – he’s never convinced me with his positional awareness, can be rash in the tackle and is still lacking a little strength but he is very talented and all these deficiencies can be rectified with more games and experience plus he needs the belief that he can get ahead of evra.

    Raul gonzalez is still a class act. he doesn’t play as a pure striker and his technical ability has now helped him adapt unlike owen who since he lost that pace, has deteriorated but i’m still glad he joined united, always seems to have positive things to say about the club.

  27. mancdub says:

    King Eric- alright mate. 
    Totally agree on Hulk. We already have much better strikers. I don’t believe for a second that United have ever seriously looked at him.
    Also all these Bilbao player I keep reading about. Is this all on the strength of 2 good games against us. Because I’ve watched them 3 times since they beat us and they’ve been shite every time.
    I’ve not read about us trying to sign any Wigan players.
    I would take Javi Martinez though. He’s a Fergie type of player. Strong and versatile.

  28. Jeet says:

    @Samuel: I’ll have to disagree. I think Fabio is better positonally, and has a cooler head than Rafael. I don’t recall seeing him getting too many cards for needless challenges. I mean, Evra hasn’t been exactly legendary w.r.t positioning in recent times, right? As you say, even if these problesm are there (which I doubt) they’ll get corrected – I think we don’t need to look any further than Fabio as the next gerenation first XI leftback.

  29. Albert Ross says:

    What we don’t need is a gerenation of geriatrics!


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