“I didn’t recognize the team on Thursday. Today we are back to normal. Today I see determination and grit. We fought every step, we never gave up the fight. We created some good opportunities.”
The first goal in the 3-0 loss against Sevilla was a mistake by defender Harry Maguire. Goalkeeper David de Hare’s mistakes played a role in the next two goals. In this match against Brighton, De Gea returned to his familiar face of innocence. He saved the team from several attacks.
Like the team, De Gea now looks familiar to Ten Haag.
“David played great. He made some great saves. He has done that many times this season, saving the team. When he got it wrong on Thursday, it was painful. As a goalkeeper, mistakes are often punished. But we also let him down that day, not fighting for him and turning around. Today we found ourselves.”