De Gea: Saves like that are why I’m here

Sunday 29 August 2021 20:55

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has put his outstanding double save against Wolverhampton down to instinct.

The stopper twice denied Romain Saiss from close range at a crucial time, keeping the scores level at 0-0 and laying a platform for Mason Greenwood to score the winner.

"You cannot train something, things like today," De Gea told MUTV. "What can I say? It was a really good save."

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Saiss first tried a header, aimed downwards from about six yards, which our no.1 managed to parry, before trying again with his feet from closer still. Having managed to get himself up of the floor in time, De Gea again dived at the ball to stop it finding the net.

"To be honest it was super quick, I don’t have much time to think," said the Spaniard modestly. "I made the first save and I saw the guy coming again so I just put my whole body there and I made the double save so it was a big moment in the game, because after that we scored our goal.

"So that’s why I’m here, to help the team all the time. Try to give 100 per cent every game and today was a good one."

Having made the save, Mason Greenwood would find what proved to be the decisive goal just ten minutes later. The strike was his third in as many matches to start the new campaign, making him just the second teenager in Premier League history to score in his team's first three games – after Robbie Fowler did so for Liverpool in 1994/95.

Asked about Mason’s form, David said: "The kid is on fire. Top finisher, he is clinical, he has the goal in his mind all the time so he’s being very important for us at the moment.

"Hopefully he can keep the level up and keep scoring goals like he did today."

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On the overall team performance, De Gea added: "It’s always difficult to play here [at Molineux] of course, they have four players in front that are really quick, really good with the ball and super-fast, good on the counter attack.

"But I think we kept fighting until the end, we showed that we wanted to win as well. The team is together and I'm really happy that we won a massive three points today."