David de Gea saves Watford penalty before it’s retaken – and he saves again

David De Gea pulled off a heroic series of saves for Manchester United in their Premier League encounter against Watford at Vicarage Road.

The Spaniard managed to deny the Red Devils further humiliation of the Hornets in the first half of their encounter, pulling off two stops.

Ismaila Sarr’s penalty was saved by De Gea, and then Kiko Femenia looked to score on the follow-up but referee John Moss asked for the penalty to be retaken for encroachment.

Sarr retook the penalty, putting the ball straight down the middle, but the Spaniard was there once again, denying the attacker a second time.

Man United were languishing in sixth position before the match and had lost three of their last five games.

Before the international break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had endured defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City, 5-0 and 2-0 respectively. Such poor performances have piled pressure on the manager in recent weeks.

Roy Keane and Gary Neville have been vocal in their criticism – and United legend Rio Ferdinand double-downed on this, saying via his Vibe with Five podcast managers should not be treated any differently to players.

Asked if it was difficult to come to his conclusion, Ferdinand said: "It wasn't if I'm honest. I've seen some people say – and friends of mine – it's difficult, you can't do that.

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"But we're quick to talk about players, 'he should be out the window, he should never wear the shirt again' I hear people say.

"It's got to be the same with managers. I'm not sitting here saying I enjoy saying a manager should lose his job, I'm just saying 'listen, things aren't going well, so maybe there needs to be a change to improve things'. That's an honest assessment of it.

"That's what I'm paid to do, give an honest assessment, whether it's friends, former teammates, or people I don't know. Treat them all the same."

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