Wednesday 20 May 2015

Spanish Dave's top ten saves

United assistant manager Ryan Giggs said that David de Gea won both the Players Player of the Year and Supporters Player of the Player as recognition that "he wins so many games for us".

Off the back of his double, we take a look at Spanish Dave's top stops and best saves from his 2014/15 vintage.
On this evidence, it's easy to see why he was the obvious choice as the standout performer for the Reds this season.

It's been difficult to cut Dave's show reel down to just the ten saves, but here are his top ten in all their glory. 

De Gea's 10 best saves 2014/15

10. Jack Wilshere vs Arsenal

A simply brilliant one on one save low down to keep out Wilshere with the game poised at 1-1 and Arsenal pressing. United go on to win.

9 Didier Drogba vs Chelsea

Didier Drogba had earlier put Chelsea ahead and he looks certain to double the lead from 12 yards here after Oscar's pass but Dave saves with his legs and the Reds go on to salvage a late point.

8. Leighton Baines vs Everton

De Gea becomes the first keeper to ever repel a Premier League Leighton Baines spot-kick when he plunges to his right to palm away the pen. 

7. Mario Balotelli vs Liverpool

Not easy to choose as Dave again makes a string of superb stops in this match, but this incredible close range reflex save to push Balotelli's effort onto the bar is the pick of the bunch.

6. Leon Osman vs Everton 

A truly world class save in DDG's best game in a United shirt when Lukaku and Naismith tee up Osman who  hits it well but De Gea changes direction to flip the ball wide of the post in a 2-1 win. 

5. Papiss Cisse vs Newcastle

A crucial game is locked at 0-0 after a string of superb saves from both keepers, but this one, a point blank reaction save to keep out Cisse's diving header , is sensational. 
4. Mame Diouf vs Stoke

The second of a phenomenal double save in the dying moments sees De Gea react superbly to claw away Diouf's goalbound header to help United see out a late Stoke rally. 

3. Jesus Navas vs Man City 

A tremendous reflex stop by De Gea to keep out Navas' close range flick from eight yards during November's derby defeat.

2. Santi Cazorla vs Arsenal (FA Cup) 

A save right up there with his best, Dave produces a miraculous piece of goalkeeping to brilliantly claw away Cazorla's angled effort one-handed as United go out the cup. 

1. Bryan Oviedo vs Everton 

Save of the season! Everton are pressing and think they've levelled at the death through Oviedo only for Superman De Gea to fly to his left and tip the full back's dipping drive over the bar.
Another truly world class save. 

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