Ole: De Gea could be Reds’ great­est

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SA­MUEL LUCK­HURST

OLE Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer be­lieves David de Gea is chal­leng­ing Peter Sch­me­ichel and Ed­win van der Sar to be­come United’s great­est goal­keeper.

The Spa­niard made 11 sec­ond-half saves af­ter Tot­ten­ham failed to work him in the first half at Wem­b­ley.

De Gea’s save from Toby Alder­weireld at the near post was sin­gled out by match­win­ner Mar­cus Rash­ford as the stand­out stop, but he modestly claimed he could not re­mem­ber his saves.

Sch­me­ichel won five Premier Leagues, three FA Cups, the League Cup and the Cham­pi­ons League dur­ing eight il­lus­tri­ous years with United in the 90s, a pe­riod which fea­tured two dou­ble-win­ning cam­paigns and the Tre­ble sea­son. Van der Sar lifted four leagues, the Cham­pi­ons League and the Club World Cup in his six years at Old Trafford, whereas De Gea has won the English cham­pi­onship just once.

Al­though Sch­me­ichel’s and Van der Sar’s ca­reers at Old Trafford were laden with sil­ver­ware, Sol­sk­jaer feels De Gea could be re­mem­bered as United’s finest keeper.

“He had one against Arse­nal last year but he should have held a few of them,” Sol­sk­jaer joked about De Gea’s per­for­mance. “But there’s maybe one or two fan­tas­tic saves and the rest was about con­cen­tra­tion and be­ing in the right po­si­tion.

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

The tri­umph at Tot­ten­ham was by far the most im­pres­sive of Sol­sk­jaer’s reign as United kept a third con­sec­u­tive clean sheet in all com­pe­ti­tions.

De­spite De Gea’s saves, Sol­sk­jaer feels the man­ner of the win high­lighted United’s de­fen­sive progress.

“Team spirit, that’s the first,” Sol­sk­jaer added when asked what he had learnt from the game.

“Sec­ond, we can de­fend. Jonah [Phil Jones], Vic­tor [Lin­de­lof], fan­tas­tic with Luke [Shaw] and Ash [Young] next to them, we’ve got the best goal­keeper in the world, I’ve said that many times.

“And blis­ter­ing pace up front and the goal was fan­tas­tic by Rash.

“It’s a hard skill to score from that an­gle with a right foot and an in­step, I thought he was go­ing to go near post but it was a well struck fin­ish.”

David de Gea pulls off one of sev­eral stun­ning saves against Spurs

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