Earlier this week, the Professional Footballers Association released its list of six nominees for its prestigious Footballer of the Year award. Notably, there were two Chelsea players on the list in Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Manchester United’s David De Gea was the only keeper to make the cut.
Puzzling. When Chelsea and United meet on Saturday, De Gea won’t even be the best keeper on the field.
Here are Manchester United teammates Javier Hernandez and David De Gea going against each other in a random game that can only be understood if you’re a part of the player’s lounge. Personally, I’m not. The bouncer at the door wouldn’t let me in, so …
It isn’t difficult to recall the names of famous offensive stars in sports. Social media statistics show that the 4 most popular sports teams around the world are Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man U and the Lakers, and I’m betting that if you’re a sports fan you can probably name the offensive stars of each team ( See: Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney, Kobe).
But what about those guys on the other side that just don’t seem to get the recognition they deserve? Well, unless you’re an offensive lineman in the NFL (in which case no one cares about you … unless you miss a block. So BLOCK, dammit!) there may be hope for you after all. Defensive minded guys like Puyol, Ray Lewis, Iker Casillas, and Metta World Peace a.k.a. Ron Artest are making sure they get their shine as well. Puyol does it with sheer skill. Ray Lewis does it with pregame speeches that sound like a preacher on the juice. Metta World Peace does it by sheer psychosis and by going on Dancing With the Stars (There’s a pscyh patient on the loose! And he’s dancing!).
Manchester United goalie David de Gea scored a victory for the defense by making an amazing save against Chelsea this past weekend (video above). The only save that may have compared to Gea’s was one by Iker Cassilas during a Liga BBV match against Sevilla. (Video after the jump)
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea was undergoing a medical at Manchester United on Monday afternoon. De Gea, 20, has long been expected to complete a move to Old Trafford and, following the conclusion of his successful European Under-21 Championship campaign with Spain, he is now due to complete the switch, which will reportedly cost £17.8 million.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina had told La Gaceta:
“I very much welcome this news because David is a great keeper. When it becomes official he is going to start working to prove in the Premier League what a good goalkeeper he is.”
De Gea arrives to replace Edwin van der Sar, who retired at the end of the season after a six-year spell at Old Trafford in which he won four Premier League titles, the Champions League and League Cup.