Man United stars praise David De Gea -- but is he the club's best ever keeper?

Published on: 14 January 2019

Check out the best of David De Gea's 11-save performance for Manchester United in a crucial 1-0 win at Tottenham.

David De Gea's 11 saves helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer become the first Man United manager to win his first six matches with a huge win at Tottenham.

David De Gea's 11 saves helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer become the first Man United manager to win his first six matches with a huge win at Tottenham.

David De Gea's 11 saves helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer become the first Man United manager to win his first six matches with a huge win at Tottenham.

Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactics and vital saves from David de Gea helped them overcome Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley.

Craig Burley goes to the tape and demonstrates how the pace of Manchester United's front three played a key role in their win at Tottenham.

ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down the key factors that guided Manchester United to a statement victory over top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United's record-breaking winning streak under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer survived its first tough test as the resurgent Red Devils scored just before half-time and then clung on to register a 1-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Spurs failed to lodge a single shot on target in the first half but the second was an entirely different story as the home side attacked in relentless waves, peppering United's goal again and again in search of an equaliser.

However, Mauricio Pochettino's side had the misfortune of coming up against David De Gea in full "none shall pass" mode, with the Spain goalkeeper making no less than 11 exemplary saves over the course of the evening to deny Harry Kane and co.

Indeed, Kane alone rattled off seven shots during the match. The last time he attempted more without finding the back of the net (8) was against United last January.

It subsequently proved to be only the second back-to-back clean sheet that United have kept so far this campaign, having only managed to do so twice in their first 20 matches.

Only once has De Gea made more saves in a single Premier League match, when thwarting Arsenal 14 times -- thus equalling the league record -- in a memorably defiant performance at the Emirates in December 2017.

After the match, Solskjaer posited that the De Gea is now up there with a couple of bona fide United greats in the goalkeeping stakes.

"There's maybe one or two fantastic saves and the rest was about concentration and being in the right position," Solskjaer said after the match.

"We've had some great keepers at this club and I think he's challenging Edwin [van der Sar] and Peter [Schmeichel] for the No. 1 spot historically."

High, high praise indeed. But who is the greatest?

United's other players were suitably thankful for his superb stonewall performance -- which was enough to earn De Gea a flawless 10/10 in ESPN FC's player ratings -- against Tottenham, with several teammates expressing their gratitude on social media after the match.

Luke Shaw kicked off by sharing a cartoon of De Gea pulling down the shutters in front of his goal while declaring it "closed on Sunday."

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A post shared by Luke Shaw (@lukeshaw23) on Jan 13, 2019 at 11:04am PST

After De Gea himself had celebrated a "perfect night" at Wembley on Twitter, compatriot Juan Mata piped up to joke that it was actually a fairly standard shift for such a phenomenal 'keeper.

Ander Herrera quite literally tipped his hat to De Gea by adding the requisite emoji to an Instagram story.

Marcus Rashford, who scored the decisive goal in United's narrow win, was also lost for words and had to allow his emojis to do the talking.

United youngster Andreas Pereira was quick to salute United's "GOAT" between the sticks, but held deference for Emilio Alvarez, the club's goalkeeping coach.

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Student. ?. Teacher. @manchesterunited

A post shared by Andreas Pereira (@andreaspereira) on Jan 13, 2019 at 12:52pm PST

Paul Pogba celebrated with a photo of himself but made sure to pay tribute to De Gea in his accompanying caption by tagging him and quipping that he "didn't really know what to say".

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What a win ! Great team performance .. @d_degeaofficial don't know what to say really ??‍♂️??

A post shared by Paul Labile Pogba (@paulpogba) on Jan 13, 2019 at 12:53pm PST

This being professional football, of course there were grumbling critics and naysayers out there unable to simply enjoy the sight of a goalkeeper keeping an entire attack at bay on his lonesome again and again.

Thankfully, Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster was on hand to pipe up in defence of his contemporary.

Elsewhere, we were also treated to a fine new addition to the grand pantheon of #DaveSaves memes.

Is there anything this guy can't save?