The Spaniard was exceptional in the 2-1 victory over Everton at Wembley and made a plenty of saves to deny the Blues, but his penalty stop to thwart Romelu Lukaku in the second half underlined his reputation as one of the world’s best goalkeepers.
Everton were unable to turn their pressure into further goals as he made a made a string of saves to help Man United book their place in the FA Cup Final for the first time since 2007 and Carrick knows De Gea’s spectacular form has kept them in the game many times this campaign.
Speaking about him, he said: “I don’t think it was a bad penalty, but David was sensational today – how many times have we said that over the last few years?” the midfielder said.
“He’s kept us in the game again; it’s almost what we’ve come to expect from him. Hopefully he can have quieter games between now and the end of the season!”
It’s been a disappointing campaign for Man United fans but it doesn’t matter how poor we are playing in terms of having confidence in De Gea. He’s been our get out of jail card on so many occasions in the last three years and as bad as it has been since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, it would have been a whole lot worse without De Gea.
Managing to tie him down to a long-term contract at Old Trafford was a big step by the club as he is without doubt one of our most important players but there is every chance Real Madrid will come sniffing for him again this summer.
For United’s sake, I hope we can keep De Gea for a good few years yet because as good as he is at the moment, he’s only going to keep getting better until he reaches the stage where he is the world’s undisputed No.1 goalkeeper. Let’s hope that happens while he is still at United.