David De Gea puts on remarkable 3-minute display during the first half against Watford

David De Gea puts on remarkable 3-minute display during the first half against Watford

David De Gea puts on remarkable 3-minute display during the first half against Watford

De Gea makes stunning penalty performance

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is certainly used to criticism during the last few years at Old Trafford, but the Spanish international deserves plenty of plaudits today as the Red Devils take on Watford at Vicarage Road.

In what amounted to a stunning three minutes on their travels south to the capital, the United first-choice shot-stopper pulled off not one, but two saves from the spot against Hornets star Ismaïla Sarr.

De Gea saved Sarr’s first effort from the spot but could not stop Kiko Femenía from tucking away the parried effort from 12-yards, but referee Jonathan Moss pulled the spot-kick back to be retaken. Not to be undone, the former Atlético Madrid standout saved Sarr’s second effort just two minutes later, keeping proceedings level at the time and avoiding an embarrassing early 1-0 deficient on the road.

The double save from De Gea amounted to his second penalty save overall this season; the same amount that he could muster in his previous 31-attempts to scupper his opposition from the spot. The Spaniard also saved an effort from Mark Noble when the Red Devils defeated West Ham 2-1 at the London Stadium back in mid-September, and it constitutes a remarkable improvement for a keeper who so often was criticized for not stepping up when it mattered when it came to spot-kick duels.

Pressure mounting on Solskjær as Man United trail

Despite David De Gea‘s heroics in the early doors of the first half, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United outfit has been second best against a struggling Watford outfit and is 2-0 down in the latter stages of the first-half at the time of writing.

Seven minutes after Sarr was rebuffed twice from the spot, summer signing Joshua King put the Hornets 1-0 up after fellow summer acquisition Emmanuel Dennis was the provider.

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WATFORD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 20: Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United battles for possession with Joshua King of Watford FC during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on November 20, 2021 in Watford, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

And then – finally – Sarr found the back of the net one minute before extra-time thanks to Kiko Femenía, with the Red Devil’s managing to muster a paltry two shots despite their nearly 62% possession while Watford has eleven efforts to their credit.

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