It’s great to see people finally praising David De Gea after a string of good performances have dispelled the notion he is a ‘dodgy keeper’.
Having made some admittedly dreadful mistakes early on in his Manchester United career, the Spaniard came in for some wholly over-the-top criticism from media and supporters alike claiming he would never make the required level at Old Trafford.
They seemed to forget he is only 21 years old, adapting to a new league and a new country, plying his trade in the most unforgiving position on the football pitch.
Every error was pounced upon with smug and snide satisfaction while other goalkeepers like Pepe Reina and Wojciech Szczesny were let off the hook for dropping similar clangers.
Many balked at his £18.9m price tag but Sir Alex Ferguson is unlikely to have parted with such a huge amount of cash without doing his homework first.
So it’s good to see people finally giving credit where it’s due. United would not have been able to overhaul City in the Premier League without his stellar contributions in recent weeks.
Steven Gerrard might not have only just taken home the match ball on Tuesday night thanks to his derby-day hat-trick; he might have just wrapped up the England armband in the process.
Gerrard, always willing to play the role of ‘Captain Fantastic’ in the red of Liverpool, was at it again as his treble eased Everton out of the way at Anfield.
This was the first hat-trick in the Merseyside derby since Ian Rush’s 30 years ago, and the moustached Welshman was in the crowd to wave goodbye to his record, as well as help dampen the celebrations of David Moyes’ 10 years at the Everton helm.
There is no doubt that whoever the next England manager, if he was watching the game on Tuesday, he couldn’t have helped but be impressed with Gerrard’s game.
England are still without a captain after John Terry had the armband taken off him and Gerrard might have just swooped it up with that performance.
England need someone who is a big game player, and Gerrard has proven time and time again that this is exactly what he is.
Very few would complain if he was handed the role, unless you are Scott Parker, Joe Hart, Wayne Rooney.
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