By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Manchester United team again, has shown a tremendous effort in trying to pave a way for themselves in the ongoing champions league campaign as they where able to win against their visitors, Villarreal at old Trafford stadium yesterday’s evening, 29th day of September.
Recall that Villarreal won Manchester United in their Europa finals, where Manchester United’s goalkeeper gave out his penalty shoot out to the glory of Villarreal as they capitalised on it to lift the trophy.
Here on it again, this time in champions league, David De Gea had alot of tremendous saves to deny the Spanish side, Villarreal the three needed points as the match ended in 2:1 final score in favour of Manchester United.
Earlier on during the n match, Villarreal’s Paco Alcacer gave the Spanish side a hope that they’ll again deny United an opportunity of going far in this season’s champions league campaign. However, an unexpected shot from Alex Yelled, gave United a hope and then Cristiano’s 95th minutes closing goal sealed the three points for Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskajaer didn’t fail to hail De Gea for his saves as he called him the ‘best goalkeeper in the world’.
“A very difficult game against a very good team. First half, we had lots of possession, but they counter-attack really well, transition, attack quickly and created some big, big moments in the game,” Solskjaer said during his post-match news conference.
“Thankfully, we had the best goalkeeper in the world tonight. David was fantastic and very happy with his performance. Second half. They had more of the ball. It was still open and they deserved to lead.
“But, you know, Old Trafford is magic, Champions League, Old Trafford, sometimes that history can help us. And tonight, Cristiano [Ronaldo], of course, came up with a good goal. And Alex [Telles] scored a fantastic goal.”
One De Gae’s six tremendous saves, he added : “You are probably right that he had a difficult summer after that [final with Villarreal]. Of course, he went to the Euros, didn’t play there, but he’s really come back with a determination and work rate that I’ve enjoyed. And today he got this again.
“He got a deserved outcome because he’s saved us. Tonight, we have to be realistic and say that without David, of course, we’ve got two very good keepers with Tom [Heaton] and Dean [Henderson], but today David deserves the man of the match.” he concluded.
Diogo Dalot reacting on Cristiano’s ending minutes goal said: “When you add Cristiano to the team, it’s always a plus. Like I said, many times, he’s a fantastic player on and outside the pitch. He gives us energy. But we are a proper team.
“We give to Cristiano as well to help have these moments. Like we saw many times he can be very decisive until the end. But today was a team effort until the end. And we’re so glad that Cristiano could score that goal at the end.” he added.