Phil Neville has labelled David de Gea as the best goalkeeper in the world following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter final.
The Spaniard made two exceptional saves from Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill during the early stages to keep the scores level.
He couldn’t do much about N’Golo Kante’s strike, which proved enough to decide the tie, but continued to hold firm as Chelsea pressed for a second to kill the game off.
And Neville, speaking after the game, was quick to heap praise on the 26-year-old following another superb display between the sticks.
“I don’t see anyone better. Manuel Neuer is word class. But, for me, De Gea is the best,” he said.
De Gea won’t receive the credit he deserves for his performance against Chelsea due to the fact that, despite his best efforts, this evening will be remembered as the time United lost their status as FA Cup holders, but the Spaniard was nothing short of sensational against Antonio Conte’s men.
He was not peppered by shots; Chelsea, in spite of their numerical advantage, only mustered five shots on target, but De Gea – save for that perfectly hit Kante strike – dealt with everything coming his way, producing acrobatics that reminded the watching world of exactly why Real Madrid continue to keep tabs on him ahead of a summer bid.