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Spurs legend Garth Crooks explains why David De Gea is vital to Manchester United's title challenge

Man United goalkeeper David De Gea Photo: The Sport Review

David De Gea holds the key to Manchester United’s title challenge, according to Garth Crooks.

The Red Devils were impressive 3-1 winners against title rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.

Goals from Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard sealed three points despite Arsenal’s dominance of possession.

De Gea equalled a Premier League record with 14 saves to limit the hosts to one goal in the second half.

The Manchester United shot stopper has helped the Red Devils to keep the best defensive record in the Premier League.

De Gea has consistently been one of Manchester United’s best players over the past four seasons under three managers.

Former Spurs forward Crooks believes De Gea holds the key to Manchester United’s title challenge ahead of next weekend’s Manchester derby.

“If Manchester United win the title, it will be down to the brilliance of David de Gea,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“His performance against Arsenal was utterly breathtaking.”

De Gea moved to Manchester United in a £18m deal from La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in the 2011 summer transfer window.

The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Manchester United have won the Premier League on 13 occasions which is more than Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City combined.

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