Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick heaped praise on goalkeeper David de Gea following his crucial save during the club’s 3-2 Premier League win over Norwich City on Saturday.
The Red Devils returned to winning ways after a three-match winless streak yesterday, but the performance was far from their best. Cristiano Ronaldo was pivotal to the result with a 50th career hat-trick.
Ronaldo put the Red Devils in cruise control with a 2-0 lead by the 32nd minute, but they made it hard for themselves, conceding twice on either side of the half-time whistle.
Milot Rashica almost sealed the comeback with the Canaries’ third, but De Ge was on guard to make a sensational stop at his near post. Ronaldo eventually made it 3-2 with a splendid free-kick.
Speaking after the game, Rangnick acknowledged that the players did not make life easy for themselves and praised De Gea’s brilliant save which ensured United picked up maximum points.
He said via Manchester Evening News: “The 2-0 lead should’ve made life easier for us. But it didn’t because we didn’t defend well. Both goals we should’ve defended much better and David de Gea kept us in the game with a brilliant save.”
“If not for David De Gea we could have been 3-2 down, and then probably even lost the game. This should not happen. All respect to Norwich, I know there are no easy games in the league, but we have to defend better than we did today. Even more so if we think about the next two or three games.”
De Gea has been in exceptional form this term. He has made several stand-out saves which have directly contributed to United picking up points. The £13.5 million-rated star was instrumental during their Champions League group stage campaign.
There continues to remain a debate over his reluctance to come off his line to make high claims, but the 31-year-old still possesses excellent reflexes and has seen an upturn in his career after a couple of difficult seasons.
United have a midweek meeting against Liverpool away from home. Judging by the defensive showing yesterday, De Gea could have another busy game between the sticks.
The Red Devils are now within three points off fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, and Tuesday’s game can be considered as a potential must-win to avoid losing ground again.
The club have their task cut out, having not beaten the Reds in the Premier League since 2018. Their last victory at Anfield came in 2016. They should still go into the game with plenty of optimism.
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