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De Gea Saves the Day!

De Gea save against Everton

Rebecca Lowe said that Manchester United had never lost a game at Old Trafford when leading at the half. Oh noooo. Manchester United were 1 up on Everton from a Di Maria goal;  I thought she’d jinxed us and another record would fall. But, despite giving up a goal, United went on to win 2-1. You’re off the hook Rebecca.

Manchester United played a better, at times, somewhat tense game against Everton at Old Trafford,  coming out with a crucial win. Manchester United led at the end of half, which saw De Gea come up with a save of a Leighton Baines PK in extra time. But early in the second, United gave up a tying goal and you could just hear the groans from the fans, including this one.  Again, it was defending a set piece that did them in.  The winning goal came from a beautiful bit of work from Falcao to be in the right place to finish off a wide attempt at goal from Di Maria. This was Falcao’s first goal in a Manchester United strip and hopefully it will open the flood gates.Falcao scores 1st goal

The defense looked better with Shaw, Rojo, McNair and Rafael playing well together. McNair had his hands full with Everton’s Lukaku, but was strong and up to the task. Luke Shaw played well except when he switched off and fouled Hibbert in the box at the end of the first half. The jury’s still out for me with Luke Shaw as I haven’t seen enough of him to judge. And, we may not for awhile since he was withdrawn for injury in the second. Rafael made brilliant runs and crosses up the right hand side. I really have come to appreciate him over the years and hope he can stay healthy. He adds that threat and wide dimension that is so critical to our game.

Valencia is another one who plays with speed up the side and provides service to those in the box. He had a good game, Di Maria had a great game and goal, Falcao was sharp, had good movement and provided the game winner. While van Persie didn’t score, he seemed better supported and not so much a lone man up top.

But, the Game Ball goes to David De Gea. Though he didn’t have much to do in the first half he gave a much needed boost to the squad and fans when he saved the PK. The best was yet to come as he made several brilliant saves in the second; a couple at the end to save the win for ManU.

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