Mourinho: Clean sheets not all about De Gea - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 22/02/2018

David De Gea, Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes the credit for the Red Devils' clean sheets this season is not only down to David De Gea's saves.

De Gea was once again a shining light for Manchester United on Wednesday, as he recorded his 19th clean sheet of the season for the Reds in the goalless draw against Sevilla.

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The Old Trafford no.1 pulled off a total of eight saves in the Champions League last-16 first leg, which is the most by a Reds custodian in the competition since Edwin van der Sar made the same number in the 2011 final against Barcelona. The best of his stops at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium was an incredible point-blank stop from Luis Muriel in first-half stoppage time to keep the hosts at bay, and Sevilla ultimately failed to score at home in the Champions League for the very first time.

Mourinho in his assessment of the Spaniard, when quizzed by pressmen, said: "I think the clean sheets are because of the team and because of David [De Gea]. But, we also kept a few clean sheets with [Sergio] Romero in goal.

"I think the team even with a couple of mistakes, the team defended well and when we made the mistakes, obviously David was there. And that’s the reason why he is what he is." said the Portuguese in United's official website

In the Champions League this season, De Gea has kept out 95.5 percent of the shots he has faced, which is more than any other keeper in the competition with 10 or more saves to their name. Wednesday's clean sheet was his sixth in his last eight games in Europe.