Mourinho hails De Gea

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea 'demands' to be paid as much as Real Madrid's highest-earners if he joins La Liga giants

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea 'demands' to be paid as much as Real Madrid's highest-earners if he joins La Liga giants

United had scored only once in seven previous away games under Mourinho against top six clubs and the nature of their vibrant display answered critics who have accused the Portuguese of "parking the bus" in big games on the road.

Jose Mourinho heaped praise on Nemanja Matic for fighting his way to match fitness in order to help Manchester United ease to a 3-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday evening.

"It was a mystery yes (not scoring more goals), but David de Gea was man-of-the-match by a clear mile".

United traveled to the Emirates Stadium and emerged victorious, with a Lingard brace coming after an early Valencia opener. It was two very good teams going through different moments of the game.

Despite having burst out of the blocks to establish a two-goal lead in north London, United spent much of a testing encounter on the back foot. "I thought, 'Surely he is not built for the physicality of the Premier League?'" said Redknapp in his column for the Mail.

David De Gea made 14 saves against Arsenal, equaling the record for the most stops in a Premier League match.

Pressed on which of his fine saves was his favourite, De Gea said: "Probably the double save when we were winning 2-1 [in the second half]".

Greater responsibility may fall on Lingard in the coming weeks when Paul Pogba will be suspended for second-placed United.

So deep were United obliged to defend at times, wary of Arsenal's quick, slick passing triangles, that de Gea was making his interventions from close range, instantly.

I can already hear most of you collectively shout, "whaaaaaaaaat?!" after reading the title - and some of them would include even De Gea's most ardent fans. "It was a brilliant performance from the team, defensively and on the counter attack we killed them, so we're really happy with the three points".

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