David De Gea: I felt unstoppable

Dec 04, 2017, 01:00
David De Gea: I felt unstoppable

Jose Mourinho hailed David De Gea as the best goalkeeper in the world after the Spain international's heroics helped Manchester United to a 3-1 win at Arsenal.

The Spaniard was the overwhelming victor of the club's Man of the Match award by fans on Twitter after making 14 saves - the joint highest total in a Premier League game since Opta recorded that data in 2003/04 - to keep the Gunners at bay. The United resistance prompted the Frenchman to state De Gea was "man of the match by a clear mile".

After the break he continued to thwart Arsenal's best efforts, making an astonishing double save to first keep out Alexandre Lacazette's shot, then stuck out his leg to deny Alexis Sanchez from point-blank range.

"I loved the way my team played and fought", Mourinho said.

The keeper joked: "Yes, he almost scored an own goal!"

"I think the quality of our performance was good".

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Arsenal had a few more chances after conceding the third, but after Pogba was sent off in the 74th minute for a stamp on Hector Bellerin, United finally started defending with some objective, and limited the Gunners to half chances to see out the result. De Gea felt his team were successfully solid after the midfielder's dismissal. I don't know so many in English but unbelievable, phenomenal, fantastic.

Mourinho, though, was keen to praise his players for a result that closed the gap at the top of the table to five points ahead of Manchester City's meeting with West Ham at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

After impressing against Watford on Tuesday night, Mourinho stuck with the 24-year-old for the Emirates clash.

It was on a day when Liverpool and Chelsea also kept up the heat on English Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The Spanish stopper added: "We're really happy". "So people don't think about me, they don't care about me. We're really confident now, we score many goals and this is the key as we look forward to the next game".

Arsenal had been on fire at the Emirates this season and were looking for a club record seventh home win in a row from the start of a league season.