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De Gea transformed to a flying saviour
In the second minute of injury-time in this extraordinary game, Manchester United’s Paul Scholes brought down David Luiz just outside the area. Sensing his chance, Juan Mata clipped the free-kick with power and precision over the wall of red shirts. It was a beautifully struck shot, heading straight for the top corner, seemingly a match-winning contribution from the man of the match. But David de Gea, Manchester United’s goalkeeper, arced his back in a prodigious dive, somehow pushed it up and over the bar. A minute later, he produced an even more photogenic save to deny the Chelsea debutant Gary Cahill. In the breathless aftermath of this encounter, referee Howard Webb will take the headlines, Wayne Rooney the plaudits, Mata the Fantasy League points. But there is no doubt United’s young goalkeeper was the central figure. And not just for those two magnificent saves. The fact that United came back from a 3-0 deficit, turning things round in a second half that has claim to be the most exciting of the season, is hugely to their credit. Orchestrated by Scholes, who sneered at the wintry conditions in short sleeves, it was a comeback that could have title-deciding meaning. Title-winning resolve like that is buried deep in United’s DNA, the refusal to give up a minimum requirement of those who toil under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sunday’s breathless Stamford Bridge encounter dominates the back pages. “Back from the dead”, says The Independent, while The Sun calls it “Reds’ amazing comeback” and The Mirror’s headline is “Troo grit” as they hail Wayne Rooney as the catalyst for United’s three-goal comeback.
Many papers also feature Rooney’s assertion that the dramatic comeback could be significant in the title race.
In other news, the Daily Mail claims United have renewed their interest in Borussia Dortmund and Serbia’s £20million-rated centre-back Neven Subotic.