Paul Scholes has hailed Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea as the best in the world.
The Man United legend was speaking after the Reds’ 1-0 against Portuguese champions Benfica on Wednesday evening in the UEFA Champions League, and spoke of United’s quality in defence this season.
Since manager Jose Mourinho arrived at the club in 2016, United’s defence has vastly improved. The Portuguese boss has brought in Ivorian centre-back Eric Bailly for £30million as well as Swedish defender Victor Lindelof for a similar fee, but it’s not just the personnel, but also the overall defensive quality of the side that has improved.
However, without the world-class quality of De Gea, United would be in a far worse position. The Spaniard has been in wonderful form to start the season with crucial and incredible saves against Stoke City and Liverpool in recent weeks.
Scholes hailed the quality of the 26-year-old, speaking on BT Sport after Wednesday’s game.
“Yeah, [United are] defensively very good, very well organised, they don’t give a lot of chances away and when they do give chances away they’ve got probably the best ‘keeper in the world,” he said.
Liverpool great Steven Gerrard agreed with the former England teammate on the quality of United’s defence, commenting that “they’re defending a lot better than they have done in the last three, four years.”
Scholes is the latest in a number of pundits to call De Gea the best in the world, with his old teammate Gary Neville saying something similar this weekend, as well as Jamie Carragher. The general consensus is that De Gea’s only challenger for that title is Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, though others believe Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois is on a similar level.