The Spaniard returned to the city of his birth and the stadium of his boyhood team's rivals to turn in a display of great maturity and shot-stopping prowess. While at times slightly unorthodox in his methods, De Gea frustrated Real Madrid on a number of occasions to ensure the Reds left Spain with a vital away draw.
His performance won him plenty of headlines in Thursday morning's papers, as well as an overwhelming 86 per cent of the fans' vote in our post-match poll.
United goalscorer Danny Welbeck came a distant second with 9 per cent, with Phil Jones and Robin van Persie rounding out the vote. De Gea admitted afterwards he was "very happy" with his performance, but warned "the party is not over".
"We are talking about Real Madrid, one of the world's best sides," he told reporters at the Bernabeu. "We have to play them at Old Trafford yet."