Jamie Carragher: Chelsea star is great, but there’s no doubt Man United man is the best
The Liverpool legend talks up the performance of Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois, but admits Man United No1 David De Gea is still the world's best
Jamie Carragher is under no illusion that Manchester United star David De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world.
Belgian shot stopper Thibaut Courtois produced a brilliant performance at The Emirates on Wednesday night after Chelsea drew 2-2 with Arsenal.
Courtois made four saves during the Premier League clash to keep Antonio Conte’s side in a position to leave north London with at least a point.
Ironically, De Gea produced what some have described as the best performance from a Premier League goalkeeper this season in Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Arsenal last month.
The Spain international has been regularly talked up as the world’s best goalkeeper over the past two or three seasons to attract interest from La Liga giants Real Madrid.
Courtois has been De Gea’s closest challenger in the Premier League, while Bayern Munich legend Manuel Neuer is surely a challenger to De Gea in terms of the world’s best.
But former Liverpool defender Carragher was adamant that De Gea is in a league of his own despite Courtois’ impressive performance at the Emirates Stadium.
“De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world, there’s no doubt about that. But you forget how good [Courtois] is sometimes,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Is he the closest to De Gea? I’m not sure if Manuel Neuer is back fit and how he’s doing at Bayern Munich – but we’ve got special goalkeepers in the Premier League – and they are the top two.”
Manchester United signed De Gea in a £17m deal from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
Chelsea secured a deal to bring in Courtois in the same transfer window but sent the goalkeeper out on loan to los Rojiblancos for three seasons.