Garth Crooks raves about Man United star after his ‘shaky’ World Cup

Garth Crooks praises David De Gea after Manchester United's 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea Photo: The Sport Review

Garth Crooks heaped praise on David De Gea following his strong performance in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Spanish shot-stopper has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s top goalkeepers since his move to Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2011 from Atletico Madrid.

De Gea, however, like most of his Spanish team-mates, did not have the best of World Cups as his national team were dumped out at the last 16 stage by Russia.

The goalkeeper, however, was in brilliant form on Saturday and he produced an excellent stoppage-time save to help Manchester United claim a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.

And Crooks was full of praise for De Gea for the important role he played in helping the Red Devils to claim all three points this weekend.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “With goalkeepers under siege these days it amazes me how they even get to the ball.

“It’s like facing the Ant Hill Mob every time a corner is taken.

“David de Gea made a wonderful save from a corner in the dying minutes of the game against Watford, a match-winning effort from a Christian Kabasele header that, had it gone in, would have given Watford a rather undeserved point.

“De Gea might have had a shaky World Cup with Spain but he’s saving United valuable points again.”

Manchester United will kick off their Champions League group stage campaign on Wednesday night when they host Young Boys at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are aiming to be one of the main contenders for the Premier League title this season after they finished in second place and without a trophy last term.

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