David de Gea says Man Utd 'have already shown they can beat' Man City

‘We have shown already we CAN beat them’: David de Gea insists Man United have what it takes to see off rivals City in the final of the FA Cup following his standout performance against Brighton

  • David de Gea has lauded Brighton after Man Utd’s FA Cup semi-final win 
  • The Manchester United goalkeeper was a standout as his side won on penalties 
  • Despite their success this season he said his side are still hungry to win more 

David de Gea has insisted his side are still hungry for more success after Manchester United defeated Brighton (0-0 AET 7-6 on penalties) to advance to the final of the FA Cup. 

The Spanish goalkeeper was a standout performer during the match, denying a threatening Brighton side on multiple occasions to keep the score level at 0-0 up until extra-time. 

Victor Lindelof scored the winning penalty for the Red Devils, but it was heartache for the Seagulls and Solly March, who struck their seventh penalty over the bar. 

It means Erik Ten Hag’s side have now reached their second domestic cup final this season, despite being knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday. 

Today’s result will be a lift for the Red Devils, following that disappointing loss, and while it was a very close affair, the United shot-stopper lauded Roberto De Zerbi’s side before admitting his team-mates took the ‘perfect penalties’. 

‘It was a very tight game,’ he told BBC after the match. ‘We played against a really good team.

‘We had prepared for penalties as always, I tried to put pressure on the takers. We took perfect penalties.

David de Gea was a standout performer during Manchester United’s FA Cup win vs Brighton

De Gea (left) was the standout performer, stopping Brighton from scoring several times

Victor Lindelof scored the winning penalty for Man United to give them a 7-6 shootout win

It’s been a rollercoaster of a week for the United No 1, who was criticised for his performance in midweek as the Red Devils crashed out of the Europa League following their 3-0 (5-2 aggregate) loss to Sevilla.

Yet, the 32-year-old, who currently has the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (14), was United’s saving grace in goal today, stopping several dangerous chances, including a late attempt from Brighton’s Kaoru Mitoma, injuring himself in the process. 

While he, nor his opposite number, Robert Sanchez, could make a save during the shootout, it was certainly an exhibition of excellent goalkeeping, with his heroics helping United to advance to the FA Cup final. 

They will now take on their rivals, Manchester City on June 3, in what will be the first time in the history of the competition that the pair will have met in the final. 

While it will be a massive occasion, De Gea admitted that his side ‘have already shown they can beat’ their city rivals. 

‘We are in another final, but we have another big game on Thursday (at Tottenham), so now we have to go home for recovery and prepare again.

He has had a great season for United, and tops the Premier League’s clean sheet tally  

While there was joy for United, there was heartache for Solly March who missed a penalty for Brighton

‘There is still a long way to go to the final. I am sure it is going to be a big game against one of the best teams in Europe, but we have shown already that we can beat them.’

By all accounts, United have made big strides under their new manager this season. They currently occupy a place in the top-four, and despite failing to advance in Europe, have also already defeated Newcastle to clinch the Carabao Cup.

But the Spanish international admitted, while his side have had a good season so far, they are still hungry to win more honours.

‘We already have one trophy, are in another final and going for the top four. 

‘Of course that is not enough, but it is a great step from last season. We keep improving. We have big games coming and have to be ready.’

His side are right in the mix to qualify for the Champions League this season and have some big games coming up, including one against fellow top-four competitors Tottenham on Thursday. 

Spurs currently sit six points behind United in fifth place but a win could help Ten Hag’s side pull away further from the chasing pack and put more pressure on Newcastle who sit above them in the table, but are level with the Red Devils on points. 

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