David De Gea‘s post-match embrace with defender Marcos Rojo has almost become a ritual after a Manchester United win this season and the defender had every reason to thank the goalkeeper given his two saves late on which sealed all three points for United.
It has become almost a running theme among supporters regarding the relationships struck up by the ever-growing Spanish contingent at the club.
Besides De Gea and Rojo, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Ander Herrera all speak Spanish as their first language and have regularly posted photos of themselves out for dinner or celebrating after a match.
After De Gea’s world class saves secured all three points against Everton in November, Rojo was the first to congratulate De Gea at full-time and the trend has continued ever since.
Juan Mata was seen being welcomed by De Gea when the Spaniard arrived for his medical in January and the clique has continued to grow in popularity over the past few months, perhaps a little jealously is creeping in to certain quarters!
Rojo’s performances have improved with every match recently and as Gary Neville stated in his latest Telegraph column, the relationship between a goalkeeper and his defence is crucial to any side.
“For us there was an in-between period when we were without the two dominant goalkeepers of my time: Schmeichel and Van der Sar. In that hiatus we called on many decent keepers: Mark Bosnich, Fabien Barthez, Tim Howard, Roy Carroll and so on. But we were less stable as a club and a team.
“Defending for us felt different. Our anxiety levels rose. The stadium atmosphere changed. We no longer had the policeman guarding the door. In that period we never felt consistently safe.”
With De Gea in top form and Rojo forming a good partnership with Chris Smalling, supporters can perhaps look forward to more stable defensive performances from United in the near future.