Bournemouth’s Artur Boruc added his name to the list of goalkeepers producing man of the match displays against #Manchester United this season.
Despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goalscoring form throughout the campaign, Tom Heaton (Burnley), Lee Grant (Stoke), Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough) and Eldin Jakupovic (Hull) were all in startling form to frustrate Jose Mourinho’s men.
Here’s a list of my top five performances by opposing keepers against the Reds over the years:
5) Kasey Keller (Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Man United, 2002/03)
United closed in on the title but they were made to sweat by Keller, who produced a terrific performance to keep the Reds at bay until the 68th minute. In particular, Ruud van Nistelrooy was denied time and again, until he finally won the battle with seconds remaining.
4) Manuel Neuer (Schalke 0-2 Man United, 2010/11)
Prior to his switch to Bayern Munich, Neuer was a one-man barrier as he thwarted wave after wave of United attacks. Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Ryan Giggs all had numerous chances superbly prevented by the German, and it took Sir Alex Ferguson’s side 17 attempts to get their two away goals.
3) Jurgen Macho (Man United 2-1 Sunderland, 2002/03)
Deputising for the injured Thomas Sorensen, Macho made a name for himself by making a catalogue of great saves at Old Trafford. The best of the lot came with 25 minutes to spare as he scrambled across goal to prevent Rio Ferdinand’s shot, but Macho’s heroics were to no avail as United grabbed two goals in the final 10 minutes to snatch the three points.
2) Brad Friedel (Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Man United, 2003/04)
United were forced to settle for a last gasp equaliser as they were foiled for 90 minutes by the brilliant Friedel. The American made outstanding saves from efforts by Giggs, Alan Smith, Louis Saha and Paul Scholes before Smith’s 93rd minute strike finally broke his resolve.
1) Mickael Landreau (Nantes 1-1 Man United, 2001/02)
Landreau delivered a string of stunning stops to put Nantes within minutes of a shock victory. Van Nistelrooy was twice thwarted in one-v-one situations, while Giggs, Scholes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were all sensationally denied. In the end, United could only beat the Frenchman from the penalty spot in stoppage time. #man united #Football