‘Perfect day’ – David de Gea reacts to breaking Manchester United record with Carabao Cup victory

    Manchester United v Newcastle United - Carabao Cup Final
    David De Gea has won his fifth major trophy with Man Utd (Photo: Getty)

    David de Gea was thrilled to break Peter Schmeichel’s long-standing record as Manchester United won the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.

    United beat Newcastle 2-0 at Wembley to win their first trophy since the 2017, courtesy of a header from Casemiro and an own-goal from Sven Botman.

    The Magpies put on a good show but were unable to get the better of the Red Devils’ rigid defence with De Gea himself making several great saves.

    And by keeping them out, the Spaniard kept his 181st clean sheet for the club, overtaking the record set by legendary goalkeeper Schmeichel which had stood since 1999.

    ‘It was the perfect day to do it!’ a jubilant De Gea told Sky Sports post-match.

    ‘To break the record is something amazing so I’m really proud. Let’s keep going and try to keep more clean sheets.

    ‘It’s the perfect start for a new era. I think the team is ready for anything. We showed that today, we played a great game – 2-0 against a very good team.

    Champs League SF Peter Schmeichel
    Peter Schmeichel kept 180 clean sheets during his Man Utd career (Photo: Getty)

    ‘You see the fans now, everyone is so happy. It’s a great moment for us so let’s enjoy it and be ready again.’

    As United’s longest serving player, De Gea has endured many highs and lows at Old Trafford, but he’ll be glad to end his and United’s trophy drought, with his silverware collection now consisting of the Premier Legaue title, the FA Cup, Europa League and two League Cups.

    There has been much speculation surrounding the 32-year-old’s future however, with his contract up at the end of the season, but Erik ten Hag comments post-match suggested he wants the keeper to stick around a while longer.

    ‘I said before the game, Rafa Varane, Casemiro, David de Gea, they know how to win trophies,’ the manager told Sky Sports.

    ‘You need such lads on the pitch to point the team, to coach them, to organise, not only from a tactical prospect but especially mentally.

    ‘The winning attitude, they have to bring it in the dressing room, in the team in different situations and they’ve done that.’

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