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Solskjaer hails match-hero De Gea as one of Man United’s greats

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed David de Gea as one of Manchester United’s greats after producing some brilliant saves in Saturday’s 2-1 win against West Ham.

The Spain international proved his worth as one of the world’s finest goalkeepers at Old Trafford by superbly denying Michail Antonio in the 77th-minute.

Grady Diangana’s perfect cross saw substitute Antonio tower over Fred and head the ball towards the United goal in search of a match-winner for West Ham. But De Gea’s superb reflexes somehow enabled him to save the effort (see video below).

The 28-year-old’s crucial save spared United’s blushes and helped keep their top-four hopes in the Premier League strong after Paul Pogba scored his second penalty in the 80th-minute to grab a 2-1 victory.

“Today we’ve been saved by individual quality – sometimes that happens at Manchester United,” manager Solskjaer told MUTV.

“A couple of great saves from David [De Gea] won us the game. Over the years we’ve rode our luck a few times, we’ve had the best goalkeepers around, we had Edwin [van der Sar], we had Peter [Schmeichel] and now we’ve got David.

“We’ve got players at the other end that win us the game when we don’t perform. We were lucky today but we got the three points.”

After suffering back-to-back defeats, the Red Devils were far from their best on Saturday afternoon against a West Ham side that seemingly fancied their chances of pulling off an upset.

Following Pogba’s first penalty in the 19th-minute, Felipe Anderson got a deserved equaliser for West Ham in the second-half. Although the Brazilian had actually put the Hammers in front earlier only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.

After Antonio came close twice to snatching a winner, Ryan Fredericks fouled Anthony Martial in the area with Pogba stepping up to slot home a match-winner for United.

“We got away with it, you can put it that way,” admitted Solskjaer.

“I know it’s not easy because we played a game on Wednesday and there were a few changes that we had to make.

“So, we got away with it. They deserved their goal, but then again we’re allowed to have a good goalkeeper.”

United are now fifth in the Premier League and two points off fourth-place Chelsea.