Manchester United continued their rich vein of home form on Saturday afternoon, thanks to a slender 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion. The game itself was an extremely poor one, but all that matters is the three points, and it came courtesy of a wicked deflection from an Ashley Young shot.
The win propels the Red Devils to within five points of Manchester City, who head to Huddersfield Town today. Now, player-turned-pundit Dean Ashton has had his say on why United have been so successful recently.
Ashton puts it down to the solid defensive unit that Jose Mourinho has assembled. We’ve only conceded just one goal at home in the Premier League this term, which is comfortably the best record in the country right now.
On top of that, Ashton thinks we have the best goalkeeper in the world in between the sticks, and that goes a long way to explaining why we’re so good in such an important area of the field.
“I think we don’t give them enough praise for their defensive unit,” Ashton said on Goals on Sunday, per the Daily Express.
“I think we probably criticise Jose Mourinho for that side of it.”
“That (record) takes some doing but when you’ve got the best goalkeeper in the world behind you, I think that makes a huge difference.”
We can count on David de Gea to make that spectacular save at a key point in a match, that’s just how good he is. Not many can do some of the things that he can, and he’s particularly good at stepping up when it matters most; that’s why he’s the best in the business in my humble opinion.