As part of 'Goalkeeper Week', our Top of the Stops feature has remembered some of United's finest ever saves. Here, we conclude with a David De Gea classic...
When Peter Schmeichel declares a save as "one of the best" in Premier League history, you should pay attention.
That was the Great Dane's verdict after watching David De Gea deny Emanuele Giaccherini during United's 2-1 win over Sunderland in October, a victory that was secured via Adnan Januzaj's two-goal salvo. But while the Belgian-born youngster took the plaudits, such a triumph might not have been secured without his goalkeeper’s heroics.
The Spaniard thwarted a powerful header to prevent the home side from taking a two-goal lead, having raced ahead through Craig Gardner's shock opener in the fifth minute. Thankfully, Januzaj's double transformed zero points into three after the break, announcing himself to the world in the process.
But after the match, Reds legend Schmeichel was unrelenting in his praise for just one man - De Gea. “This is for me one of the best saves I've ever seen in the Premier League,” he explained. “And it can prove to be one of the most important moments as well. That could be the kick-start."
Read the full 'Top of the Stops' feature, covering 12 great saves, in the new Inside United.