Date: 17th October 2011 at 12:09am
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David De Gea

"Edwin who?"

A Manchester United team with Rooney, Hernandez and Nani all on the bench struggled to a 1-1 draw against Liverpool. Steven Gerrard, making his first start since March, put the home side ahead in the 68th minute when his free-kick found a hole in the United wall. A lacklustre United could have possibly counted themselves lucky when Hernandez nodded the ball past Reina in the Liverpool goal to save a point for his side.

Liverpool was gifted the majority of the possession throughout the match and so had chances to overrun United at times. A sloppy United defence meant Liverpool could turn their possession into chances. Were it not for David De Gea in between the United sticks Liverpool may well have taken all three points in what could have been a comfortable win.

The first significant chance of the match game when Charlie Adam’s shot deflected off Jonny Evans bouncing to Suarez who zigzagged his way past Evans to earn shooting space. De Gea positioned himself well and denied Suarez from giving Liverpool the lead.

Liverpool began to pile pressure on the United defence in the second half. Rio Ferdinand felled Charlie Adam just outside of the United area to give Liverpool a free-kick. It was unfortunate for De Gea that there was not much he could do as Steven Gerrard rifled the ball, Ryan Giggs broke from the wall and the shot flew through the gap and into the back of the United net.

After the United equaliser Liverpool provided the match with a nervy finish as they pushed to regain their lead. De Gea denied the Liverpudlian rivals.

First was Dirk Kuyt’s effort as he met Stewart Downing’s cross at point blank range for an almost certain goal. However De Gea’s reactions were too fast as he dived to parry the shot away and pull off a world class save.

The young Spaniard then pulled another first-rate save out of the bag to deny Jordan Henderson. The midfielder took the ball on the bounce before thumping a looping shot towards goal, forcing De Gea to stretch and tip the ball over.

With the shaky start to his United career forgotten David De Gea is starting to make himself an Old Trafford favourite. The new keeper appeared confident in goal as he looked to have his net covered with the unfortunate exception of the goal. He also now has more presence in amongst crowds in his area.

In what Sir Alex Ferguson described as the ‘game of the season’ in English club football it was Javier Hernandez who provided United with the goal they needed, but it is David De Gea who is really to thank for keeping them in this game.

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