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Man of the Match vs Norwich

Top three
1 - David De Gea (71%)
2 - Ryan Giggs (22%)
3 - Paul Scholes (4%)

Also nominated: Michael Carrick, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand

27/02/2012 15:57, Report by Gemma Thompson
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De Gea takes the plaudits

David De Gea romped to victory in ManUtd.com's Man of the Match poll following the Reds' last-gasp win at Norwich City on Sunday.

Landmark man Ryan Giggs grabbed the headlines with his crucial late winner, but the champions may have had little to celebrate had it not been for De Gea's efforts earlier on.

The Spanish shot-stopper had to be alert from the off when the home side put in a couple of early testing crosses. And his reactions were top notch throughout - first he blocked Anthony Pilkington's close-range effort with his feet, and then brilliantly held on to Grant Holt's deft header from Pilkington's cross.

De Gea also made some excellent interceptions after the break as the Norwich crosses continued to rain in and he was on hand to turn substitute Aaron Wilbraham's 20-yard drive round the post seconds before the Canaries equalised - a goal David could do little about such was the quality of Holt's strike.

A massive 71 per cent of ManUtd.com readers gave their vote to the goalkeeper with the closest challenger being matchwinner Ryan Giggs, who picked up 22 per cent of the votes. United's opening goalscorer Paul Scholes notched 4 per cent.

De Gea's performance at Norwich follows praise from his team-mate Jonny Evans, who spoke of the Spaniard's ability on the pitch and growing presence off it.

"From day one, David's shot stopping has been unbelievable," said the Northern Ireland international. "He pulls off saves that you can't believe. He just needs a bit of confidence and he seems to be getting that.

"David's presence is building and it is all coming together for him. The language barrier is being broken down and he is coming out of his shell a bit. He is a really good lad. He is starting to make a few jokes. He is not afraid to get involved with the lads and have a chat, which is good. That is settling him down."

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