Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes that David de Gea is the club’s only world-class player much to some fans’ disbelief.
Jose Mourinho’s squad boast the likes of Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata among other stars but it appears only one has caught the former defender’s eye.
De Gea has received glowing plaudits once more this season for his ever impressive performances and he could yet again win United’s player of the year award.
Neville has played with plenty of the club’s previous world class talents, most recently Cristiano Ronaldo, so it’s quite telling that he picked out the Spaniard from the rest.
The pundit explained that while the Red Devils may possess other world-class talent, it’s only David who is performing to a world-class level consistently.
According to the Daily Mail, Gary said to Goal: “De Gea’s the only world-class player Manchester United have got. You could maybe say Sanchez, but not at Manchester United yet, even if he has been at a level for the last five or six years that you would say is world class.
“De Gea’s the only player Manchester United have got at this moment in time that I would say has performed for the club at a world-class level.
“But to me de Gea is their stand-out player in terms of world standard at the club without a shadow of a doubt.”
Paul Pogba is a player who most Manchester United fans would believe is a world-class talent as well, especially due to having witnessed some of his top performances.
However, the term ‘world-class’ has often been thrown around by observers of the beautiful game far too easily and should take a leaf out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s book in terms of what it means to be a player of that ability.
The legendary Scotsman believed only a player who would easily slot into any of the world’s best clubs could be considered world-class.
David de Gea certainly fits that description and it could be argued that Pogba doesn’t necessarily fall into the same category, or any other United player for that matter.