There were several indifferent performances from Manchester United players against Villarreal and perhaps fittingly, it was David de Gea who returned to his brilliant best to bail out his underperforming team-mates.
That was a reoccurring theme for so many years prior to his surprising drop in form following the 2018 World Cup. De Gea’s performance against Villarreal was a throwback to his best years at the club, with the 30-year-old making a total of six saves, including a spectacular double save in the second half.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now praised his goalkeeper once again after his heroic outing against the Spanish outfit, hailing him as ‘the best goalkeeper in the world’ on the night.
“A very difficult game against a very good team. First half, we had lots of possession but they counter-attacked really well,” Solskjaer said in his post-match press conference, as seen above.
“Transition, attack quickly and created some big, big moments in the game. Thankfully, we had the best goalkeeper in the world tonight – David was fantastic.”