Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea produced an outstanding performance during the 3-1 win over Fulham in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
The Red Devils were second-best during vast parts of the FA Cup tie and they have De Gea to thank for keeping them in the game before the late drama.
The Spaniard has been in superb form throughout the season and he was once again instrumental for United, making three key saves against the Cottagers.
Marco Silva’s side piled on the pressure at the start of the second half before Aleksandar Mitrovic eventually scored but it could have been worse.
De Gea made two outstanding saves before the Serbian’s opening goal and he was called into action again to deny Mitrovic from bagging his second.
United cruised to a comfortable win against nine-man Fulham in the end, but things could have been different if not for De Gea’s extraordinary reflexes.
Meanwhile, the 32-year-old was also solid with his distribution on the day. He completed 91 per cent of his passes while delivering six successful long balls.
United must finalise new deal with De Gea
The Spaniard had a difficult start to the season against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford where he was guilty of conceding goals due to poor handling.
However, he has since been hugely consistent between the sticks. Barring the howler against Everton in the FA Cup, he has barely put a foot wrong in goal.
Of course, he has been at fault with his distribution occasionally, but his errors have not necessarily contributed to the opposition finding the back of the net.
De Gea may not be the perfect modern shot-stopper, but he is currently going through the best phase of his career and United must finalise a new contract for him.
United are currently looking for a younger keeper in the transfer market but in our view, the club should stick with De Gea as the number one for another two seasons at least.
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