Manchester United vice-Captain Michael Carrick has taken time out to hail goalkeeper David de Gea after his heroics helped the Red Devils qualify into the semifinal of the FA Cup at the expense of West Ham United.
The Louis van Gaal’s led side earned a replay after a late Anthony Martial goal and they made goo of their chance as second-half goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini put United in the driving seat but a James Tomkins’s goal in the 78th-minute header gave the hosts hope of sending the match to extra time.
However, de Gea kept the Hammers out with some fantastic saves which included a crucial late double-save to ensure that it was the Red Devils going through.
“[De Gea] has been unbelievable for us for so long now,” Carrick told BBC Sport. “We needed him at the end. The goal gave them incentive. We defended well at times but David stepped up.
“We have had some terrific results and some bad ones. That’s something we have tried to put right. We need to be consistent and that’s the challenge we have to set ourselves.”
Carrick is now looking ahead to facing Everton at Wembley in the semi-finals later this month.
“It was massive,” he added. “A great opportunity for us to get to Wembley. West Ham are flying and it’s a tough place to come. We believed we would come here and win and we have done that.”
Only Arsenal (12) have won the FA Cup more times than Manchester United (11) and the Red Devils will have that in mind when they play Everton in the semifinal.