Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher believes David de Gea is without question the best goalkeeper in the world following his standout performances for Manchester United this term.
The Spain international has produced a string of impressive saves for United this campaign, and the best of the lot came on Saturday as he made a brilliant close-range block to deny Liverpool’s Joel Matip.
Speaking on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, Carragher insisted that David de Gea is better than Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer – courtesy of his excellent form for the Red Devils.
The former Reds defender went up the notch to suggest that the Spaniard is the Premier League’s second-best goalkeeper ever – behind only Peter Schmeichel, who was also on the discussion panel.
“I think he is the best goalkeeper in the world. Obviously I don’t know as much about goalkeeping as you, but from what I see, if I was picking a world XI, David de Gea would be in it,” he told Sky Sports, h/t The Express.
“We’re saying tonight we have the greatest Premier League goalkeeper here, I think De Gea is second. I would have De Gea second behind you [Schmeichel] in terms of the overall Premier League goalkeepers.”
De Gea has already proved his qualities this season with seven clean sheets in the opening eight Premier League outings, and he will once again be called upon when the Red Devils take on Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The 26-year-old presently has a contract until the summer of 2019, and his consistent performances are likely to intensify talks over a proposed extension amid the never-ending speculation with Real Madrid.