For me there is only one player who should win the Man Of The Match award for our 2-1 win against Everton and that is David De Gea and as the song goes everywhere you go always take De Gea with you because this guy really is a top class goalkeeper. In my honest opinion he’s not been anywhere near his best at the start of this season and even last season when he won the clubs player of the year award. I think there have been a lot of goals that he should have saved.
I don’t think he has been helped by the fact we’ve not had a settled defence for maybe up to two years now mostly due to injuries to the likes of Vidic and Ferdinand last season and the season before and this season Jones, Smalling and Evans seemed to be picking up injuries by just walking onto the pitch, be it on a match day or on the training ground. Is this down the players being brittle, are they being trained too hard or is our medical staff not good enough but I think that is a discussion for another day.
I also don’t think he has been helped by the fact that he has had to work with three different goalkeeping coaches who are all going to different ideas on coaching there goalkeepers and also he has had three different managers who may see the goalkeepers role in the team, do they want the goalkeeper to play like a sweeper and start the attacks by either playing it out with his feet or by throwing it out quickly like Schmeichel used to for us.
Back to todays game, we wouldn’t have won the game today if wasn’t for De Gea as he made three top draw saves and we would have only scraped a draw at least if it wasn’t for De Gea. His first save was from the penalty at the end of the first half and if it wasn’t for this save it could have been a totally different game in the 2nd half. At the start of the 2nd half I felt that we would need another goal because I just knew the Everton would score today and that Everton goal did come that De Gea couldn’t really do anything about. We then went back in front thanks to Falcao’s first goal for the club. We then sat back and invited Everton onto to us, and De Gea made two top draw saves in the dying moments of the game that kept us the three points from todays game.