After success in Europe last week, United’s return to the Premier League was bleak to say the least.
Despite Fred scoring his first United goal against Wolves on Saturday, the celebrations were cut short less than 10 minutes into the second half when Joao Moutinho equalised for Wolves.
Although Fergie made his return to the ground after illness, the Reds were unable to claw back a Fergie time winner and ended the game with just one point, paying the price for some poor performances.
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Despite a lacklustre performance from United, the RedArmyBet man of the match goes to David de Gea.
The Spaniard consistently performs to a high standard and was United’s saving grace against Wolves.
It was fitting for de Gea to perform so well in front of Fergie on his return, after it was the former United manager who brought the goalkeeper to Old Trafford.
De Gea faced much scrutiny upon his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011, with many fans questioning Fergie’s decision to bring in a young, inexperienced goalkeeper as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar.
However, season by season the Spaniard has silenced more and more critics, becoming a worthy four-time winner of the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award.
Saturday may have ended in disappointment, but had it not been for the United goalkeeper, the result could have been a lot worse.
De Gea had a busy afternoon, putting a stop to shots from the likes of Raul Jimenez and a header from Willy Boly.
Although he could not stop Moutinho’s equaliser, de Gea worked hard until the final whistle, which included putting a stop to Adama Traore’s attempt at taking home all three points in injury time.
Despite a difficult summer in Russia, the 27-year-old has shown great character and that the goalkeeper has developed into a true great in the game.
It is safe to say that de Gea was Spain’s scapegoat for their poor performance in the World Cup, with the goalkeeper taking the flack for a sub-par display in his nation’s penalty shoot-out with Russia.
However, Spain’s new coach Luis Enrique has put his faith in de Gea, keeping him in goal for their Nations League fixtures.
De Gea has established himself not only for his country, but also for United and I would not be surprised if another Player of the Year Award comes his way at the end of the season.
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