David de Gea pulled off one of his best double saves in the Champions League as Manchester United came from a 2-0 deficit in the first leg to knock Olympiakos out in the round of 16, back in 2014.
The result lifted some pressure off then manager David Moyes as United reached the quarter-finals. However, the less said about the next round the better — as Bayern Munich progressed to the semi-finals.
It’s crazy to think that was six-years ago!
The Spanish goalkeeper is renowned for saving shots with his feet and is probably the best in the world at that very skill. Interestingly when I was growing up playing schoolboy football this was almost seen as bad practice — keepers were always told to dive with their hands to prevent goals — but De Gea has changed the game by showing an incredible trait in his game.
Many argue today that De Gea has gone backwards but I wouldn’t give up hope just yet. If United continue to bolster their defence this summer, I’m sure he will grow in confident again — but he needs to as Dean Henderson can’t keep going out on loan to Sheffield United season after season.
United went into the break 2-0 up and back level on aggregate with Olympiakos at Old Trafford. Robin van Persie scored the goals, but De Gea deserves credit for his spectacular saves, as seen in the video below:
Hopefully we’re not too far away from returning to the Champions League.