David De Gea heroics help Manchester United beat Everton

Manchester United goal-keeper, David De Gea produced one of his best performances to help the most successful club in England return to top four for the first time in more than a year.

By Jayanta Oinam | Updated: Oct 06, 2014, 00:23 AM IST
David De Gea heroics help Manchester United beat Everton

New Delhi: Manchester United goal-keeper, David De Gea produced one of his best performances to help the most successful club in England return to top four for the first time in more than a year.

In a nerve-wrecking encounter at Old Trafford, Radamel Falcao scored the decisive winner after the hour-mark to give Louis van Gaal's side a much needed win at home. It also marked his first goal in England and United's first successive league win for first time in 2014-15 season.

On the 27th minute, Angel Di Maria had scored the opening goal of the match with a calm finish but Steven Naismith scored from an unstoppable header from a Leighton Baines delivery, within half an hour to give the visitors an outside chance. But the 62nd minute goal from the former Monaco striker killed off the match.

But the real hero of the match was the Spaniard shot-stopper. The 23-year-old first saved a Leighton Baines penalty, conceded by Luke Shaw, then produced three heart-stopping stops to deny Everton the second equaliser in the match. Then, in the stoppage time, in the 91st minute, Naismith played in Leon Osman but his shot was deflected away by a diving De Gea.

However, in the 94th minute, the Spaniard produced his best. De Gea went to the ground trying to react to a close-range shot from Gareth Barry, and from the rebound, an onrushing Bryan Oviedo hit a stunning half-volley from outside the area. But De Gea somehow recovered to make a flying save on the far corner.

With the win, United are now at second place behind leaders Chelsea, who themselves have won a high-tension London derby against visiting Arsenal at Stamford Bridge by two goals to nil today. Chelsea are the only unbeaten team left in the league, having won six of their seven games and a draw. They have 19 points, which is five more from United's total after the end of round seven.