Andy Cole claims Manchester United would be mid-table team without the key player

Andy Cole claims Manchester United would be mid-table team without the key player

Andy Cole has claimed that Manchester United would have been a mid-table team if it wasn’t for David de Gea, who has made countless big saves this season already.

Man United needed a de Gea masterclass to keep the tie goalless in the first half when Brighton and Hove Albion came close to breaking the deadlock but the Spanish goalie pulled out a top save to deny The Seagulls.

The 31-year-old has made brilliant saves this season so far, stopping three penalties already during the first half of the season.

It’s obvious that his contributions this term have helped Manchester United win points, something many The Red Devils fans admitted to after de Gea’s save vs Brighton, insisting the club wouldn’t be in the top-four without their first-choice.

And Andy Cole echoes the same thing, stating that without the Spaniard, United wouldn’t be in the position (4th) they currently are in the Premier League.

‘Without this guy’s [David de Gea] form, Manchester United are mid-table,’ Cole said on Premier League TV via Metro.

‘I don’t think anyone can argue about that. His form this season has been unbelievable.

‘That tells me Manchester United are nowhere near where they should be.

Andy Cole says Manchester United would be a mid-table team without David de Gea
Andy Cole says Manchester United would be a mid-table team without David de Gea

‘Defensively they are not where they should be at, midfield they are not where they should be at and upfront, they are not scoring enough goals.

‘Without that man, I think they would be really struggling.’

David de Gea was delighted with his effort after denying a close-range header from Jakub Moder, admitting that it was a ‘difficult’ shot to stop.

‘It [was] great to be honest, a very difficult one,’ he said. ‘In that moment it was a big save because we kept a clean sheet.

‘This is what we want in this moment, keep compact defensively. It was a great save to be honest.’