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De Gea flops as Chelsea reaches FA cup final

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Chelsea profited from two mistakes from David de Gea to reach the FA Cup final, beating Manchester United 3-1 in the last four at Wembley Stadium.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in stoppage time at the end of the first half, but United’s Spanish goalkeeper would’ve been disappointed at his effort to keep it out at the near post.

De Gea was the centre of attention again after the break as he let Mason Mount’s low shot slip through his grasp and into the back of the net.

Frank Lampard’s side added a third later in the second half when Harry Maguire turned Marcos Alonso’s cross past his own goalkeeper.

Bruno Fernandes pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Callum Hudson-Odoi had fouled Anthony Martial, but it was too little too late for the Red Devils.

Chelsea will now take on Arsenal, who beat Manchester City in their semi-final, in the FA Cup final at Wembley on August 1.

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‘De Gea is the best Goalkeeper in the World’ – Matic


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‘De Gea is the best Goalkeeper in the World’ – Matic

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Roy Keane was highly critical of David de Gea earlier this season, but Nemanja Matic begs to differ and has nothing but praise for the goalkeeper.

David de Gea is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and deserves respect for having saved Manchester United on many occasions during his career, his team mate Nemanja Matic says. After a shaky start to life at Old Trafford following his arrival from Atlético Madrid, De Gea became a pivotal part of a United team in transition, winning the player of the year award for three successive seasons.

Keane goes over the top
However a slip in his previously lofty standards has led to greater scrutiny on his performances, with former United captain Roy Keane even declaring he was “sick to death” of the keeper following Tottenham’s goal in the 1-1 draw back in June. Commenting on Steven Bergwijn’s opener on Sky Sports’ live coverage of the Premier League fixture, Keane said: “I would be fighting him at half-time. I would be swinging punches at that guy.”

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However, speaking to Stats Perform News, Matic explained that while he understands the role of those working in the media, De Gea remains among the top players in his position.

“I didn’t see what he [Keane] said but I think we have to agree David is one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” the United midfielder said. “He has saved us many times, saved points. Everyone is allowed to have mistakes – we are all human. The pundits, their job is to say their opinions. They have to speak because one team loses. No problem – we respect them, and we will always try to improve.”

De Gea kept three clean sheets in four league outings after the draw with Spurs, though he was beaten twice as United drew with Southampton on Monday in his 400th appearance for the club. The result saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side miss the chance to climb into third place in the table above Chelsea, who duly won 24 hours later against Norwich City to increase the gap to four points.

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Lampard’s doing a great job at Chelsea
Frank Lampard has the Blues on course to qualify for the Champions League and while in direct competition for a top-four finish with his old club, Matic is impressed at the job done by his former team-mate at Stamford Bridge.

“I am happy for [Frank Lampard], I have to say that he is doing good. Of course we are fighting with them for that Champions League spot, but I have to be honest and say that I am happy he is doing great, because he is a great, great guy,” Matic said.

“I played with him when I signed for Chelsea in 2009, he was one of the best midfielders in the world, so when I trained with him he was a big example for me as a professional and I am happy for him after being a player, he’s continued to do a great job as a manager.

“I wish him all the best, but of course this season I wish to be ahead of him in the Champions League spots.”

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De gea started just like Kepa – Green


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De gea started just like Kepa – Green

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Kepa Arrizabalaga’s situation at Chelsea can be likened to David de Gea’s early days at Manchester United, says Robert Green, with another Spanish goalkeeper being backed to come good in time.

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The Red Devils showed considerable faith in a young goalkeeper when prising De Gea away from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

A steep learning curve was endured by a fresh face at Old Trafford, with the physicality of the Premier League proving too much at times.

De Gea was, however, to find his feet and eventually become a model of consistency for United – one with four Player of the Year awards to his name.

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A fellow countryman is hoping to tread a similar path after suffering similar struggles on the back of his own big-money move to England .

Chelsea made Kepa the most expensive goalkeeper on the planet when snapping him up from Athletic Club for £71 million ($90m) , but have seen questions asked of the 25-year-old’s ability and attitude.

Green, who worked with the Spaniard at Stamford Bridge before hanging up his gloves in 2019, believes a promising shot-stopper will prove his worth if shown the same level of patience as De Gea was afforded.

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The ex-England international told talkSPORT: “Kepa’s got a long-term contract at Chelsea and I’d like to see him there.

“It’s a bit like how David de Gea was at the start of his United career.

“He was absolutely destroyed at the start and now it’s one of the best things that’s happened to him in the last decade.”

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Kepa briefly slipped out of favour under Frank Lampard in the middle of the 2019-20 campaign, with Willy Caballero filling in between the sticks, but a return to form and favour was enjoyed before football shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Green believes further progress will be made once competitive action resumes, with there still plenty of potential for Chelsea to unlock in a player they have invested considerable faith and funds in.

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He added: “Kepa’s brilliant with his feet. It’s one of those ones where he was always going to have a little downturn in form because he played so many games (54) last season.

“But he had that little spell out of the team this season and then came back in the FA Cup and got man of the match against Liverpool, which might have done him a favour, just mentally.

“I think because of the price tag the expectation has been far greater.

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“Everyone’s been waxing lyrical about [Dean] Henderson at Sheffield United, Kepa’s not that much older than him [23].

“But because there’s this huge price tag on his shoulders, you’re thinking that he’s the finished article. I wasn’t the finished article at 25 as a goalkeeper and I don’t think Kepa is either.”

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De gea turns ‘Spider man’ in training


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De gea turns ‘Spider man’ in training

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David de Gea is “an unbelievable goalkeeper”, according to Tomasz Kuszczak, who says the Manchester United number one was like “Spider-Man” in training at the start of his Premier League career.

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De Gea completed a £19 million ($24m) move to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011, succeeding Edwin van der Sar as United’s first choice keeper.

The Spaniard saw his performances called into question during an error-strewn debut season, but defied his critics to play a key role in the Red Devils 2012-13 title triumph, before stepping his game up to new levels in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

As United began to slip behind the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League, De Gea was forced to take centre-stage to limit the damage. The 29-year-old was named the club’s player of the year on multiple occasions and established himself as arguably the finest shot-stopper in European football.

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De Gea’s standards began to slip towards the end of last season, however, with United losing valuable points as a result of his lapses in concentration between the sticks. The same issues have resurfaced regularly in 2019-20, but Kuszczak is adamant that a former team-mate remains among the masters of his craft.

The former United backup ‘keeper told MUTV: “I trained with him for nearly a year and I remember I used to watch someone hit a ball towards the top corner and from nowhere he would fly across and save it like Spider-Man! I was like ‘wow what a guy’. He’s powerful and quick, and a top guy. Obviously you’ll make mistakes, we all do, but he has proved himself for many years.

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“His performances over the last eight or nine years have been unbelievable. To play for a team which is doing well and is on top is easy, but unfortunately, after Sir Alex left there were changes at the club, United struggled a little bit and David was put under massive pressure.

“I’m not surprised he picked up the best player award for four or five years in a row because he deserved it. He’s made so many key saves and in almost every game he has been under massive pressure.

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“I played some games for United and I touched the ball three times maybe, I had nothing to do! I just passed the ball and we won 3-0, thank you very much!

“David hasn’t had that, in almost every game he’s played he’s made massive saves and for me he’s an unbelievable goalkeeper and one of the best, no doubt about it.”

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2-0: United coach hail team on city’s trash.


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s outstanding record against the rest of the Premier League’s big six improved on Sunday as he led his side to a 2-0 win over Manchester City.

Anthony Martial opened the scoring midway through the first half before Scott McTominay caught Ederson out of his net to fire home from long range late on and seal all three points for United.


Understandably, Solskjaer was in a jovial mood when speaking after the game (via the club’s official website). Here’s what he had to say.

On the Importance of the Result

“The result is always the deciding factor. I’m so happy with a win and another three points. The performance was as expected against them because you know that you have to defend well.


“The first 15-20 minutes were harder than maybe we should have made it. We started hurrying them and harassing them higher up and created chances, we had some big ones.

”It’s a privilege to have players like this. The desire and work-rate, that’s what I think the fans love about these players. To see the connections between the players, the team and the fans today [Sunday] – what an atmosphere.

“At the end, seeing everyone in the stands. You turn around and you see Sir Alex [Ferguson] up there, he is proud and it’s a big moment for every one of us.“

On Whether United Can Compete for the Title Soon

“We feel we’re improving all the time and we know we lack one, two or three players and some experience, to be considered a title contender. We know that and we’re not going to start talking about that now.

“We start talking about getting up the table, getting more points and challenging for that top four because Chelsea and Leicester are too far ahead of us for my liking.”

On Keeping Eight Clean Sheets in Ten Games

“Look at the two goals we’ve conceded though – one shouldn’t have been given against Club Brugge because the ball was rolling [from their goal-kick] and the last one was David [De Gea’s mistake], so we are getting there.”

On Fred’s Booking for Diving

Shortly before half time, midfielder Fred was shown a yellow card for an alleged dive in the penalty area, although replays showed that was more than a little unfortunate to not get the decision.

”He should have had a penalty, it’s a clear penalty. It’s a clear kick on his ankle [by Nicolas Otamendi]. It is one of those things that you hope doesn’t come back to bite us, but we got the result we needed.”

On His Forwards’ Relationships

“Anthony and Bruno [Fernandes] have hit it off but Bruno is that type of player. Of course, we’ve got set routines and I’ve seen them do it before. We’re going to improve as a team, they’re going to improve as players, because, you know, there were two or three times today, head up and we score goals.

“Twice Dan James could just square it, once for Bruno, one for Anthony. Anthony should square it for Bruno. Those little things they’ll come, but it’s a privilege because they want to learn as well and they listen to the advice we give them.”


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