Manchester United showed a real fighting spirit for the second consecutive game last night, overturning a 2-0 deficit away from home against Crystal Palace.
Although it wasn’t the Red Devils’ most impressive performance, the way in which they never gave up was brilliant to see. The players kept working hard, carving out opportunities and eventually managed to secure all three points.
However, that didn’t stop manager Jose Mourinho criticising David de Gea at full-time. The self-proclaimed Special One wasn’t happy with the Spaniard getting beat at his near post as Patrick van Aanholt made it 2-0 to the hosts.
“David De Gea had to do better with the second goal,” said Mourinho, per The Sun. “He is the best, no doubt, but he had to do better.”
It was just a horrendous goal to concede all-round. The defence were caught napping when Palace decided to take the free-kick quickly, with Chris Smalling moaning at the referee while Victor Lindelof played him onside.
Then, De Gea getting beat on his side was just criminal. He didn’t even make an effort to try and save it, instead, he just watched it whistle by him. Thankfully, the former Atletico Madrid man more than made up for it with a stunning save to deny Christian Benteke at 2-2.
Putting a mistake behind you, then doing something to help your side win the game is the hallmark of an elite level player. We all know that De Gea is exactly that. His mistake didn’t cost us the game, so onto the next match we go!