De Gea could be best United keeper ever, says Sol­sk­jaer

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LON­DON, (Reuters) - David de Gea’s won­der show at Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur yes­ter­day led Manch­ester United’s in­terim man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer to claim the Spa­niard might be the club’s best keeper ever.

De Gea made 11 saves in the sec­ond half at Wem­b­ley as United clung on to Mar­cus Rash­ford’s first-half strike to win 1-0 — Sol­sk­jaer’s sixth win in six matches since tak­ing over fol­low­ing Jose Mour­inho’s sack­ing.

At times it ap­peared to be De Gea ver­sus Tot­ten­ham as he made in­cred­i­ble stops to deny Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Toby Alder­weireld — many with his legs.

No other Premier League keeper has made as many saves in 90 min­utes as De Gea man­aged in 45 at Wem­b­ley and Sol­sk­jaer, who played in United teams with Dan­ish great Peter Sch­me­ichel and Dutch­man Ed­win van der Saar be­tween the posts, said the 28year-old could sur­pass both.

“We’ve had some great keep­ers at this club and I think he’s chal­leng­ing both Ed­win and Peter for the num­ber one spot his­tor­i­cally,” Sol­sk­jaer told re­porters.

“We had a good back four and David in be­hind them was un­be­liev­able. You are al­lowed to have a good goal­keeper.

“I’ve played with a few fan­tas­tic goal­keep­ers. We have a tra­di­tion of hav­ing them and he has grown and grown. He de­serves that man of the match to­day.”

It was not De Gea’s busiest day, though, since he ar­rived at United from Atletico Madrid in 2011. In 2017 he pulled off 14 stops in a league match at Arse­nal.

“I was feel­ing very well with the first two saves, it was a great game,” De Gea said. “I don’t even re­mem­ber some of the saves so I can’t pick a best.”

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