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Meet the goalkeeper Man Utd fans want to replace David de Gea, he made Champions League history last night

Daniel Marland

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Meet the goalkeeper Man Utd fans want to replace David de Gea, he made Champions League history last night

Manchester United fans believe Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa is the man to replace David de Gea after a sensational performance in the Champions League.

Porto ran out 3-0 winners over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday evening to move up to second in Group B.

Galeno's effort six minutes in and a Mehdi Taremi brace were enough to give the away side victory, with Costa playing a vital role at both ends.

The 23-year-old kept a clean sheet at the BayArena while becoming the first goalkeeper in Champions League history to register an assist and save a penalty in the same game.

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Costa pinged a ball over the Leverkusen defence for Galeno early in the first half, which the Brazilian controlled beautifully.

He cut inside to fire home at the near post to open the scoring. Costa was then called into action at the other end 10 minutes later.

Kerem Demirbay stepped up to try and level for Xabi Alonso's side, but Costa guessed the right way, diving to his left to get a firm hand to the ball.

Taremi then scored two spot kicks of his own after the break to seal the win. Check Costa's individual highlights below.

The Portugal international has been scouted by United this year, with de Gea's contract set to expire next summer.

He looks to have it all when it comes to modern goalkeeping. A quality shot-stopper who is good with his feet in addition to a commanding presence, United supporters are convinced they need to break the bank for Costa before someone else snaps him up.

One person commented: "He'd be perfect for ten Hag ball, get him ASAP."

A second said: "This guy would transform United."

Someone put: "I need this brilliance in my life man, been singing his praises for so long."

While another added: "Next-level performance. I knew this guy was good, but wow."

Costa made his Portugal debut in 2021. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Costa made his Portugal debut in 2021. (Image Credit: Alamy)

United signed Martin Dubravka on loan from Newcastle United on deadline day as a short-term backup for de Gea.

De Gea has been at Old Trafford since 2011 but is yet to receive an extension.

Following Sunday's 2-1 victory over Everton, he told BT Sport: "It was great to be in goal today, with the team fighting for three points.

"I’m just very focused on the games helping the team as much as I can. Of course, I would like to be here for more years, so let’s see what happens in the future. I’m really, really happy here."

Featured Image Credit: @westsidedoom/Twitter

Topics: FC Porto, Champions League, Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester United

Daniel Marland
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