David de Gea ensured that Manchester United finished the day with three points and in fourth position after some fantastic saves to deny Everton.
First he kept out a Leighton Baines penalty in injury time in the first half, which is a remarkable feat when you consider the left-back had previously scored all 14 of the penalties he had taken in the Premier League.
Then he denied Bryan Oviedo and Leon Osman with world-class saves in injury time, with both looking like certain goals when the ball left the players’ boot.
The whistle to mark half-time and full-time was met with the whole stadium singing De Gea’s name, which gave him a feeling he found difficult to describe.
“It was one of the best games of my career for Manchester United and I’m really happy with the saves, the win and for the team as well,” he explained to MUTV. “It’s difficult to say something about the crowd. When they sing your name like this, it is unbelievable. I watched his penalties before the game but you have to be lucky sometimes. I decided to go to my right and saved the penalty. I think all the saves are important for the goalkeepers to win the games but I think the back four played really, really well. Paddy is very young but he’s really calm, good with the ball and strong. I think, with Marcos, they are really good defenders. I think it’s a vital three points, really important points for the team to get into the top four. We need to go with the national teams but we’ll come back and look forward.”
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