United traveled to the Emirates Stadium and emerged victorious, with a Lingard brace coming after an early Valencia opener. Lacazette found the net for Arsenal, with the Gunners losing 3-1.
Arsenal had over thirty attempts in the match and De Gea was more than up to the task and delivered a record-tying appearance.
“I told him after the match – what I saw today was the best goalkeeper in the world,” the Portuguese told BT Sport.
“In big matches you need goalkeepers to be there for you, but all the effort from the players was magnificent.
“It was phenomenal game. I loved the way my team played and fought. But I have to also say that Arsenal played, in some periods, amazing, attacking football, creating difficulties for us.
“The plan was when they have to the ball we all have to defend, starting with the attacking players. When we have the ball, however, we had to counter-attack fast to score goals.
“Of course, they can say they had chances, but we fought and had a great goalkeeper, too.”