Whenever David de Gea and Everton get mentioned in the same sentence, most United fans think back to one game when de Gea made four outstanding saves, including one from the penalty spot. I was there that day myself, well that’s no surprise as I’m usually always there in my seat in the Stretford End lower. Now, I’ve seen many an outstanding save over the past thirty thirty years or so at Old Trafford from some brilliant goalkeepers. Many of the saves from the great Peter Schmeichel, but also quite a few from Edwin van der Sar, but back on 5th October 2014 I saw the best save at I’ve ever seen at Old Trafford. In my opinion.
Everton were the visitors as mentioned and Louis van Gaal was in charge of us with Roberto Martinez at the helm for The Toffeemen. United scored first on 27 minutes after a good calm right-footed shot from Di Maria’s gave us the lead. Not long after de Gea made his first excellent save of the day, as he went the right way to deny Leighton Baines from the penalty spot.
Baines made up for his miss ten minutes into the second-half as he cleverly found Steven Naismith who nodded in an equaliser. Thankfully just seven minutes later Falcao gave United the lead once more with his first ever goal for us and that is how it finished and Falcao should have grabbed the headlines. However, it was our man de Gea that stole the headlines with some critical saves late on as he first denied Osman with a brilliant save to his right. Before then going on to make the world-class save <pictured below> I’ve been talking about. He’d just got himself quickly up off the floor after a goal-mouth scramble to see a Bryan Oviedo’s volleyed shot flying into the top corner of his goal, but de Gea’s brilliant athleticism got to the ball and he tipped it over the bar. Truly outstanding stuff as I stood and applauded our Spanish shot-stopper.
What we do without him? Well, De Gea, who’s 27-years-old has a contract that expires next summer and had been expected to sign a new long-term one, however nothing has been agreed as yet. United do have the option of extending by a further year mind due. It would be a disaster though if he was to leave, even more so if we had sell him at a cut-price amount, better that though than losing him on a free twelve-months later.
As for the game itself this Sunday, it’s simple, we have to win and win well. Everton are doing okay at the moment having won their last three Premier League games after not starting the season too well. Everton will certainly give us a test at Old Trafford this weekend, but then again who doesn’t theses days? Long gone are the times of us brushing teams a side and winning easily, we are an average team on the pitch currently and that has to change.
Unfortunately I cannot see it happening this weekend and it would not surprise me if we go behind against Everton in the first-half. Of course I want us to come out all guns blazing and attack, attack, attack but I’ve been hoping that would happen for as long as I can remember. We’ve seen glimpses of it at times, the second-half against Newcastle obviously springs to mind. You then think to yourself, wow we can play like that, but then the next game is back to the none pressing of the opposition and none flowing forward attacking play. Most frustrating, surely one game we will play well for a full 90-minutes? I’d love to leave Old Trafford Sunday evening having seen that we have. MUFC!