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UEFA Champions League: David de Gea’s Heroics Enough For Manchester United To Salvage Draw Against Sevilla

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| February 22 , 2018 , 14:22 IST

Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea produced another string of unbelievable saves as he saved Manchester United from blushes against Spanish side Sevilla. The match ended a goalless draw.

In the first leg tie in Round of 16, Manchester United travelled to Sevilla. Jose Mourinho in the press conferences was pretty adamant about the injuries that have plagued his squad, so a flamboyant display from the Red Devils wasn’t expected.

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Sevilla started the game strong, with a brilliant direct attacking threat. Their wingers ran the defence tired with constant running, causing spaces to appear in the defence. To defuse this situation, Manchester United compressed their shape and didn’t allow much running past the defence, causing Sevilla players to take chance and shoot from distance.

In total, they had 17 shots in the match with eight on target compared to just one from United. Just before halftime, de Gea was called to make an incredible save from just 5 yards away and with milliseconds to respond. These kinds of performances have helped him with his case as the best goalkeeper in the world.

The United defence was made to run ragged by Sevilla players as the pressure was becoming insurmountable to withstand. Crosses from either wing were causing continuous problems. The defenders didn’t help the cause themselves as clearances were going straight to opposition players.

But, United held their ground and put together some attacking play as well. It appeared that the game was destined to have a goalless scoreline.

Even though United were far from their best, and in an away Europe game Mourinho takes a rather cautious approach, it is the team from Old Trafford who now holds the advantage in this tie.