'De Gea the hero!' - What the national media said about Manchester United following West Ham win

Manchester United secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon, maintaining their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Goalkeeper David de Gea proved to be United’s knight in shining armour, keeping out substitute Mark Noble’s penalty deep into added time, ensuring the Reds held on to secure a vital three points.

Just a few minutes earlier, United had turned the game on its head thanks to a beautiful, curling effort from Jesse Lingard. Cristiano Ronaldo had earlier brought Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side level after Said Benrahma opened the scoring with a deflected effort on the half hour mark.

In truth, the contest proved to be a game of two halves, with the Hammers enjoying more of the openings in the first 45 with United looking stronger after the break.

Nevertheless, it was De Gea’s heroics that got the job done, eventually, for United.

With that in mind, MEN Sport has taken a close look at what the national media have had to say in Monday’s newspapers in response to United’s third successive Premier League triumph.

The Sun

“David de Gea was mobbed by his team-mates for the last-gasp penalty save that ended a pulsating game amid dramatic scenes,” Andy Dillon wrote for The Sun.

“West Ham were awarded an injury time spot kick when Manchester United defender Luke Shaw handled a cross from Andriy Yarmolenko.

“The Hammers even brought on their normally ruthless penalty taker and club captain Mark Noble to take it with his only kick of the game.

“But keeper De Gea pulled off a stunning stop to maintain his team’s lead for the last few seconds.

“Ref Martin Atkinson had already waved away a penalty appeal for West Ham and two by United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in a game that was short on quality but packed with incident.

Jesse Lingard, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham, scored with a minute of normal time left after coming off the bench.”

Mirror

“You will not see a more crazy, madcap and dramatic last seven minutes in a match all season,” John Cross wrote for the Mirror.

“And that does not even include the two big Cristiano Ronaldo penalty appeals after an astonishing finish with Jesse Lingard’s 89th minute strike somehow still proving decisive at the end.

“Manchester United keeper David de Gea was the hero as he saved Mark Noble’s 95th minute penalty but to bring on the West Ham midfielder cold from the bench to take the spot kick looked a horrible mistake when the final whistle blew a minute later.

“What a gamble, what a mistake, and ultimately it cost West Ham a point. It was Noble’s first penalty miss in five years, de Gea’s first penalty save in 40 spot kicks he has faced.

“But what does it say about West Ham’s other players that they had to bring Noble on to take a penalty? West Ham have missed four of their last five penalties. But, still.”

The Telegraph

“Just when it felt the drama would be all about Jesse Lingard scoring against the club he was loaned to last season and who desperately wanted to sign him and Cristiano Ronaldo striking again but fuming after two penalty appeals were turned down, West Ham topped all that,” Jason Burt wrote for The Telegraph. “They did so as only, their fans will lament, West Ham can.

“‘Fortunes always hiding’, or so the song goes, but although they could curse their luck at missing out on Lingard – whose fine late goal after coming on as a substitute won this tight encounter – they were the architects of their own downfall with what can only be summed up as a modern-day penalty farce.

“Time was up. It was deep into injury-time when Andriy Yarmolenko’s cross struck the outstretched arm of Luke Shaw. Referee Martin Atkinson initially did not react but was told there was a VAR check and the spot-kick was rightly given. So far, dramatic enough, but then West Ham manager David Moyes took the fateful decision to bring on club captain Mark Noble. Declan Rice had the ball in his hands but he had missed his last penalty – in fact West Ham had missed four of their previous five – and handed it over. It was the 95th minute.

“And so Noble’s first touch was to drive the ball to David De Gea’s left and the goalkeeper dived to push it away. It was the first penalty Noble had missed in five years – and the first that De Gea had saved in that time (40 in total including penalty shoot-outs) and he was mobbed at the end by relieved team-mates. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also ran on to the pitch.”

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