If you could describe Manchester United’s defence in one word this season, it would be leaky. The back four has been constantly chopped and changed which has led to an air of vulnerability surrounding the defence. Well nothing like a knight in shining armor (or in this case shining kit) to save the day.
There were very few players who came out of that disastrous last season with their heads held high. David De Gea was one of them. He has evolved from the skinny lad who was afraid to throw himself at high crosses and long throws into the box. He is no longer vulnerable to long shots and physical battles against brawny strikers. Currently, he is the only one lending some credibility to our porous defence.
In light of his superb recent performances, Manchester United fans all across the globe have voted David De Gea as their Player of the Month for October. Despite failing to keep a clean sheet during the month, De Gea was in fine form as United beat Everton before drawing away at West Brom and at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea.
The 23-year-old produced some sensational late saves against Leon Osman and Bryan Oviedo to preserve the Reds’ 2-1 lead against Everton having earlier kept out Leighton Baines’ penalty in the first half. Add to that several other vital stops in the draws against West Brom and Chelsea including one brilliant save to keep out Hazard when the Belgian was clear through on goal, underlined his class.
De Gea picked up a runaway 70% of the votes on ManUtd.com to finish ahead of his shortlisted team-mates Marouane Fellaini and Angel Di Maria.
Asked how he felt to have won this award, De Gea told ManUtd.com:
“I feel very good. I know we have one of the best fan bases in the world and they believe in me, which is good for me.
“I am very happy with them. They have supported me in every game and they are always behind me. They are amazing.”
De Gea revealed that his fingertip save to keep out Oviedo’s shot was his most pleasing of the month. He continued by saying:
“I think every save is important for the goalkeepers and for the team, but maybe in this game the save in the last-minute can be the most important save, perhaps more than the penalty in the first half.”
This article was written by Jash Mehta. You can follow him on Twitter.