Solskjaer hails De Gea as 'world's best' after heroic performance

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails David de Gea as the ‘world’s BEST goalkeeper’ after his heroics against Villarreal, with match-winner Cristiano Ronaldo running over to thank his team-mate at full-time

  • David de Gea enjoyed a redemptive night in Manchester United’s 2-1 win
  • He missed key penalty in defeat by Villarreal in the Europa League final last term
  • But was their standout player on Wednesday, making six saves from opposition
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the Spaniard as ‘the best in the world’ 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo made a point of finding De Gea after he scored the winner 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed David de Gea as the ‘best goalkeeper in the world’ and admitted he rescued Manchester United on Wednesday night. 

Villarreal were the better side at Old Trafford in the Champions League clash and created a number of openings only to be denied by the Spaniard, who ended up making six saves. 

Such was De Gea’s contribution to the 2-1 win that Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the winner at the death, made a point of running up to the stopper to celebrate at full time. 

Cristiano Ronaldo made a point of thanking David de Gea after Wednesday’s 2-1 win 

Solskjaer was full of praise for the 30-year-old and said: ‘Thankfully we had the best goalkeeper in the world tonight. David was fantastic. Very happy with his performance.

‘You’re probably right that he had a difficult summer after that (Europa League final).

‘Of course he went to the Euros, didn’t play there, but he’s really come back with a determination and a belief and a work rate that I’ve enjoyed… he saved us tonight, we have to be realistic and say that.

‘Of course we’ve got two good keepers with Tom (Heaton) and Dean (Henderson) as well, but today David deserves, for me, man of the match.’

It was a vital three points for United, who had lost their first game in the group away at Young Boys. 

Ronaldo and De Gea applauded fans who watched their side shade a tight game 

Solskjaer lauded De Gea as the best goalkeeper in the world after his excellent display

Paco Alcacer broke the deadlock to give the hosts a scare but Alex Telles then delivered a wonderful volleyed equaliser. 

De Gea made a string of high class stops and it looked as though he’d earned his team a point when smart work from Jesse Lingard teed up Ronaldo to score the winner. 

The striker had not been hugely involved in the game and made a point of running over to his goalkeeper at the full time whistle.  

The stopper played a key role in keeping United in the game when Villarreal were on top 

Of Ronaldo’s contribution, Solskjaer added: ‘That is what happens here at Old Trafford, it’s happened so many times before. We have to throw caution to the wind and we got lucky in the end.

‘They are very tough to beat, but when you have Cristiano on the pitch you always have a chance.

‘I’ve seen him all day, the way he’s built himself up for this game and when he gets that one chance it’s a goal.’ 

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