David de Gea was in stunning form for Manchester United during their narrow victory over Everton at the weekend and, quite understandably, the Spanish goalkeeper has been voted the Premier League’s best player from Sunday’s matches.
Manchester United were able to record a 2-1 triumph at Old Trafford, their second in succession, with Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao having found the net either side of an equaliser from Steven Naismith.
Everton, however, will feel the ought to have earned at least a point and, were it not for the repelling powers of De Gea, would surely have taken something from the encounter that finished in breathless fashion.
The Premier League have since asked fans via their official Twitter account to vote for who they feel was the top performer from the matches played on Sunday, of which Chelsea vs Arsenal was one, and De Gea was the resounding winner.
De Gea was able to garner a massive 55 percent of votes cast, with his nearest challenger Eden Hazard some distance back on 25 percent. It is certainly a throughly deserving accolade for the Manchester United shot-stopper.
The 23-year-old was able to record one particularly noteworthy achievement during that win over Everton, with De Gea becoming the only goalkeeper to have ever denied Leighton Baines from the spot in the Premier League.
Baines had scored all 12 of his penalties in the top-flight before De Gea’s right hand prevented a 13th, but it was just one of a string of outstanding saves from the former Atletico Madrid player.
More spectacular than the one to have shut out Baines was an acrobatic effort that deflected a stinging drive from Bryan Oviedo over the Manchester United crossbar, much to the relief of the vast majority packed inside Old Trafford.
De Gea had initially endured a tough time following his move to Manchester United in 2011 but has since established himself among the finest ‘keepers in the country. It is little wonder the club now hope to extend his £52,000-per-week contract.
Manchester United have reportedly been discussing a two-year extension to the player’s current deal, with De Gea having often been linked with a move back to La Liga to join Real Madrid, despite his ties to their city rivals.