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De Gea felt 'unstoppable' in heroic 14-save display at Arsenal

De Gea felt 'unstoppable' in heroic 14-save display at Arsenal

Ahead of Manchester United's Champions League tie with CSKA Moscow, Jose Mourinho joked that De Gea was only his third best stopper, behind Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira.

United traveled to the Emirates Stadium and emerged victorious, with a Lingard brace coming after an early Valencia opener.

As for Pogba's dismissal, which will rule him out of the Manchester derby, Mourinho said Arsenal had been fortunate not to go a man down as well following a challenge by Laurent Koscielny on Romelu Lukaku.

"I loved the way my team played and fought", Mourinho said.

He told MUTV afterwards: "Sometimes, you just start a game with a really good save, with a good feeling, you feel that [unstoppable] but we started the game really well, we scored two important goals and it's true that we lost a bit of a control of the game after, but it was a good performance".

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This was due to a fair amount of luck, but also the brilliance of keeper David de Gea, whose singular heroics that kept the Gunners from rattling in five or six goals made him maybe the one player on his team who came off the pitch truly feeling like he'd earned the victory.

"I think De Gea would definitely be in the top-three", the former Australia No.1 told Talksport.

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

"We defended very well, I don't think they created many chances after that, so the three points stayed with us".

Villarreal's Congolese striker Cedric Bakambu joined the fun and tweeted an image of a busted-up IPhone with the message: "You need to call De Gea to save this one". As horrendous as United's defending was, Arsenal's was even worse at a couple of critical moments, as two blunders by defenders in the first 10 minutes gave the Red Devils a two-goal cushion behind which they could sit deep in their own area and weather the ensuing attacking storm.