‘Nerves of steel’: BBC Sport pundit raves about 29-year-old Man United star

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks singles out Man United goalkeeper David De Gea for praise

David De Gea
David De Gea (Photo: The Sport Review)

Garth Crooks has admitted that he was impressed with David De Gea’s composure during Manchester United’s 2-1 victory at Manchester City on Saturday evening.

The Spanish goalkeeper came into his own in the second half of the Manchester derby to help keep the defending Premier League champions at bay and secure a famous win.

Manchester United went 2-0 up in the first half of the derby clash courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial at the Etihad Stadium.

However, the Citizens rallied in the second half as Pep Guardiola’s men pushed to rescue at least a point from the derby fixture.

Manchester City halved the deficit with five minutes to go through Nicolas Otamendi before De Gea produced a world-class save to keep out Kevin De Bruyne.

The 29-year-old finished the Manchester derby with four saves in a crucial performance in goal to help the Red Devils secure successive Premier League victories for the first time this season.

BBC Sport pundit Crooks was quick to heap praise on De Gea for his assured performance in the Manchester United goal during the clash.

“It’s in games like Manchester derbies you need nerves of steel and goalkeepers you can rely on. David de Gea is one of those keepers,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“Martin Dubravka’s performance for Newcastle saved the day against Southampton and Vicente Guaita was responsible for Crystal Palace keeping a clean sheet away at Vicarage Road. However, neither fixture contained the same temperatures as the Etihad Stadium.

“De Gea was the coolest man on the pitch and produced two saves in the latter stages of the game that, under the circumstances, were world class. That’s why he’s a world class keeper.”

The Red Devils were 2-1 winners against Tottenham Hotspur last week before their derby triumph at The Etihad.

Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013, when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.

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