Spain had 54.7 per cent of possession against England, a marked contrast to playing more than 1,000 passes against Russian Federation, but they compensated by shutting down their opponents with remarkable efficiency thanks to an intense pressing game, and maintained 85 per cent passing accuracy when they did have the ball.
It's certainly pleasing for United fans to see Spain's new manager place his faith in De Gea.
Rodrigo Moreno then took advantage of poor marking at a free-kick to score the victor from close range after 32 minutes.
But Saul Niguez and Rodrigo turned the match on its head as Spain ran out 2-1 victors on a night when Shaw's nasty-looking injury early in the second half took the sting out of proceedings.
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"As much as he got the Golden Boot and is a fantastic goal scorer, we are not creating any chances for him".
The home side went close twice through Rashford in the closing stages and were unfortunate to have a late Danny Welbeck goal ruled out for an apparent foul on David De Gea, but Spain held out to make a winning start to the Nations League.
"Your errors sometimes help you, as you try to improve and grow up and all in all I am really happy with David, he is a top player".
"Going by numbers and performances, he is world's number one".
"Danny Welbeck stood there, De Gea went up, he caught the ball but as he went down he fell on Danny, no foul or anything, and the ball dropped". Just 120 seconds after falling behind the visitors drew level through a crisp finish from Saul after Shaw had been guilty of diving in on Dani Carvajaj as the right-back scampered down the wing. A five-minute stoppage ensued as Shaw was carefully carried from the field on a stretcher and with an oxygen mask strapped around his face.