Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that his team has only survived in the FA Cup because of David de Gea’s contribution against Chelsea on Sunday.
Manchester United were quick to lead 2-0 in the match but by the second half, they had given up that lead by the second half and struggled to keep the scores level.
Just like the previous two clashes, Juan Mata tried to rescue his team in the dying moments of the match but David de Gea made a tremendous save.
“It was a very good save,” said Ferguson.
“I saw the replay and it was terrific at a very important time, because there was no doubt we would be out if they had scored at that time.”
However, despite giving up a 2-0 lead, Sir Alex was not critical of his side because they had struggled hard in the Champions League and lost a deserving match to Real Madrid mid-week.
“I can’t be critical of the side really, as the running they had to do on Tuesday against a top side in Real Madrid had a bearing on this result, there is no doubt about that,” he told in-house television channel MUTV.
Manchester United winger Luis Nani has picked up an injury during the match. This week has been a really unfortunate one for him, as the winger had received a red card against Madrid.
“That was a blow to us as he was playing very well,” Ferguson said.
“He got a little hamstring (injury), but I don’t think it’s too serious.”