David De Gea outshines Giggs’ 900th game with a Man of the Match performance

By Dean Wilkins

David De Gea is receiving praise from Manchester United’s fans after dominating a Man of the Match poll with 71 per cent of the vote, following Sunday’s win against Norwich.

Ryan Giggs was playing his 900th game for the most successful club in the country, and even scored an injury time winner during United’s 2-1 victory over Norwich. But it was the Reds’ Spanish youngster who stole the show with a tremendous series of saves throughout the match.

De Gea has had an unconvincing start to his career with United, and has received criticism from many fans and pundits. However, the U-21 international proved his excellence with a commanding performance between the sticks.

Speaking to, defender Jonny Evans says the keeper is starting to settle in: “David’s presence is building and it is all coming together for him. The language barrier is being broken down and he is coming out of his shell a bit. He is a really good lad. He is starting to make a few jokes. He is not afraid to get involved with the lads and have a chat, which is good.”

The Spanish shot-stopper’s reactions were exceptional throughout, using his feet to block Anthony Pilkington’s close-range effort and holding on to a threatening header from Grant Holt.

After the break, De Gea made some excellent interceptions as Norwich continued to persevere, and saw their substitute Aaron Wilbraham’s 20-yard drive tipped round the post. Norwich’s equaliser came from a tremendous Grant Holt effort, leaving De Gea helpless.

A considerable 71 per cent of readers voted for the goalkeeper to be Man of the Match, with the closest challenger being match-winner Ryan Giggs, who picked up 22 per cent of the votes. United’s opening goalscorer Paul Scholes gained four per cent of the votes.

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