Hero De Gea believes United can challenge for the title

Manchester United’s shot-stopper David De Gea was in fine form against Liverpool, claiming the Man of the Match award and helping his side to a sixth consecutive win and he noew belived the Red Devils can go on to challenge for the league title.

Goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie helped seal the win over their fierce rivals but it could have been a very different match had De Gea not performed a number of heroic saves to keep Liverpool out.

England forward Raheem Sterling was denied three golden opportunites and takes his goal drought for club and country to 21 games, meanwhile Mario Balotelli still looks for his first Premier League goal for Liverpool since joining the club in the summer.

De Gea spoke after his superb display, telling SkySports“We have to go step by step, game by game.

“We want to be in first position but we need to keep training hard and playing like this.

“I’m really happy with the three points against Liverpool, of course. We played a very good game, we scored three goals and that’s fantastic.

“In the first half I saved two against Sterling and the second half Balotelli. We scored three goals and it is unbelievable.”

Scorer Van persie payed tribute to the United keeper but also recognised the hard work put in by the defence, especially from midfielder Michael Carrick, who filled in at centre-back.

The Dutchman added: “I think overall we played a good game and David was outstanding again.

“He was absolutely brilliant, like he always is

“In those games it is always important to score first. It gives you an extra bit of calmness and I think, although at times we were a bit sloppy, overall we kept the ball well.

“Carrick made a big difference at the back. He is so comfy on the ball.

“[Phil] Jones, Jonny [Evans] – all the back four, five played really well, They were very calm.”

By Phil Wellbrook

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