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Solskjaer insists De Gea proved he is the “best goalkeeper in the world” with Man Utd redemption against Everton

By Ben Green

Published: 12:16, 2 March 2020

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended David de Gea after the Spaniard produced a howler in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday.

With only minutes on the clock at Goodison Park, Dominic Calvert-Lewin closed down De Gea whose attempted clearance deflected off the Everton marksman and ended up in the back of the net.

De Gea’s Merseyside blunder: Five things to know…

  • Man Utd played out a 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday.
  • The hosts took the lead after just three minutes with Calvert-Lewin bagging his 15th goal of the season.
  • The goal came after De Gea dawdled on the ball too long, allowing Calvert-Lewin to close him down.
  • As the Spaniard attempted to launch the ball upfield, Calvert-Lewin’s outreached leg deflected it into the back of the net.
  • De Gea was accused of “arrogance” after the game but Solskjaer has defended his main gloveman.

In the immediate aftermath, De Gea was accused by Man Utd legend Roy Keane of “arrogance” for his part in the goal, but Solskjaer has since leapt to the defence of his No. 1 and bestowed the ‘world’s best’ moniker on him.

“I trust David 100 per cent,” Solskjaer said. “He went through a difficult patch last season but he has been very, very good this season. I can’t remember any errors for goals this season apart from the Watford one.

“David is, for me, the best goalkeeper in the world. He is too slow for the goal. He knows that. But that is Dominic Calvert-Lewin for you. He chases everything, he chases paper on a windy day. He deserves a goal for how he is playing.”

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Sunday’s draw leaves Man Utd in fifth place, three points behind Chelsea in fourth. The Red Devils face Derby County in the FA Cup fifth-round next before a clash with rivals Manchester City on Sunday.

Keane: It’s almost arrogance from De Gea for the goal

In his role as a pundit for Sky Sports, Keane was less forgiving of the Man Utd stopper, believing his nonchalant stance in the build-up to the goal portrayed an aura of “arrogance” about his play.

“It’s almost arrogance from De Gea for the goal,” said Keane.

“I think there will be a decision on him, Dean Henderson on loan is sure to be an option Ole is looking over.”