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We need to talk about THAT David de Gea performance vs West Ham, David Moyes was swearing at one save

Daniel Marland

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We need to talk about THAT David de Gea performance vs West Ham, David Moyes was swearing at one save

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea produced two outrageous saves to help his side to a 1-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

Marcus Rashford gave United the lead in the first half with a thumping header, but West Ham grew into the contest.

United manager Erik ten Hag reacted by bringing on Scott McTominay to protect the home side's one-goal advantage. All it did was increase the pressure.

Michail Antonio tested de Gea from range with an effort he tipped over the bar with relative ease. Seconds later, Kurt Zouma tested de Gea with a header which saw him get down low and tip the ball wide.

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In added time, Declan Rice whipped a fierce shot which look destined for the top corner. Not today. De Gea once again tipped it away to settle nerves inside Old Trafford.

At full-time, Diogo Dalot, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro were quick to embrace the 31-year-old who had done his part in sealing all three points.

Even David Moyes was impressed. The Hammers manager put his head in his hands and whispered 'what a f**king save' to himself late on.

De Gea's fine showing comes days after his reported omission from Spain's provisional 55-man World Cup squad.

It's been claimed Spain boss Luis Enrique has named five goalkeepers in his squad, including three from the Premier League. Two of those, Brentford's David Raya and Brighton's Robert Sanchez, are expected to be on the plane to Qatar later this month.

Chelsea star Kepa Arrizabalaga is in the provisional squad but is expected to be a backup.

There's no doubting de Gea's ability as a shotstopper but many have questioned his skill with the ball at his feet.

De Gea has started every game for United this season. (Image Credit: Alamy)
De Gea has started every game for United this season. (Image Credit: Alamy)

It's something he's been working on since Erik ten Hag took over in the summer and he told UEFA back in February: "What a goalkeeper has to do is to stop goals going in; that's the most important thing.

"And then, if you have the talent or the quality to be able to play with your feet and have good vision, that's phenomenal.

"I feel very comfortable playing with my feet, playing out from the back, following the lead of my team, but it depends on the coach and the style of play."

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: David De Gea, Manchester United, West Ham United, Premier League

Daniel Marland
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