Paul Merson: Man United star is the best in the world, it’s not even close

Paul Merson lavishes praise on Manchester United's David De Gea and says he is the best goalkeeper in the world

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson believes that Manchester United star David De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world – and by some distance.

The Spanish shot-stopper has earned a reputation as one of the world’s top goalkeepers since signing for Manchester United from Atletico Madrid back in the summer of 2011.

De Gea recovered from a stuttering start to life in England to develop into one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers and has earned his place as Spain’s first choice between the posts.

And despite there being some other top goalkeepers around these days, Merson feels that De Gea is the best around by some way.

Writing in his column for the Daily Star, Merson said: “David De Gea is without doubt the best goalkeeper in the world right now.

“It’s not even close either. Manuel Neuer and Thibaut Courtois are great keepers too but he’s making sensational saves week after week.

“If United win the title he will have been a big reason why.

“His save in the Champions League last week was world class, but it’s almost becoming normal for him. Some of the saves he makes are mind-blowing.

“It took him a while to get used to playing in the Premier League but he’s the best keeper in it now. No-one else even comes close.

“He’s playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world too and that brings a huge amount of pressure but he handles it so well.

“If De Gea doesn’t get the credit he deserves in Spain it’s because he’s not playing there for Real Madrid. But United know what they have – a world beater.”

De Gea is hoping to help Manchester United win the Premier League title this season in Jose Mourinho’s second campaign in charge at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have not won the title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge at the club back in 2012-13.

However, Mourinho did lead Manchester United to a Europa League and League Cup double last season in his first campaign in charge at the club.

They have kicked off their Champions League campaign in style by beating Basel and CSKA Moscow in their opening two group games.

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