With United under heavy pressure from Sevilla late in the first half of their Champions League last-16, first-leg clash in Seville, Jesus Navas’ fine cross found Luis Muriel in acres of space in the penalty area.Muirel rose to meet the delivery with a powerful header from seven yards out, but De Gea somehow got a strong right arm up to tip the effort over the bar from point-blank range.
The Sevilla striker could not believe his header had been saved, as he gripped the post in shock before congratulating De Gea for denying him in a welcome show of sportsmanship in an otherwise feisty game.United legends Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand – both BT Sport pundits for the night – hailed the keeper at half-time, with Scholes saying: “He’s the best around, there’s no doubt about that.
“It’s a sensational save. He must have saved the team so many points, he’s been the player of the season.”
“I celebrated it like it was a goal for Man United. That’s saved United.”
And there was plenty of praise for the Spanish keeper on Twitter…