Paul Scholes has hailed David de Gea as the best goalkeeper in the world following his performance against Sevilla on Wednesday night.
The hosts had eight shots on goal – and 24 in total – but this was another night where the Spaniard’s magnetism between the sticks prevailed.
He made one crucial, stunning save just before half time, leaping to palm away a powerful point blanc header from Luis Muriel to maintain parity.
And Scholes, speaking on BT Sport, was quick to hail the keeper as the best in the world.
The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium was in a ferocious mood as the game approached half time. Angel Correa had just gone close and the hosts, having largely dominated proceedings, smelled an opportunity, a chance to claim a vital goal.
And it duly came: a decent floating ball into the box, Chris Smalling absolutely nowhere, Muriel with all the space in the world, and then, somehow, a palm seemingly made of concrete denies Sevilla’s players and crowd a galvaniser before the break.
Sevilla continued to press in the second half but you could see them deflating as the minutes ticked by. In a cagey game with fine margins, their chance had come and been snatched away from them from yet another save that defied belief.