Rio Ferdinand makes definitive claim about Man United goalkeeper David De Gea

The Manchester United legend hails David De Gea as the "outright" best goalkeeper in the world

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea Photo: The Sport Review

Rio Ferdinand has labelled Manchester United shot stopper David De Gea as the “outright” best goalkeeper in the world.

The Spain international was kept busy during Manchester United’s goalless draw with La Liga side Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday night.

Sevilla had 25 shots on goal and De Gea was required to make eight saves to ensure the last-16 clash remained goalless ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford next month.

De Gea has been Manchester United’s most consistent player since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as the Red Devils boss in 2013.

The Spanish shot stopper has established himself as the Premier League’s top goalkeeper ahead of Chelsea number one Thibaut Courtois and Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris.

However, former Manchester United defender Ferdinand hailed De Gea as the world’s best goalkeeper after his outstanding performance in Sevilla.

“He’s outright the best goalkeeper in the world,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“Time and time again, he produces saves like this. The great goalkeepers don’t have to make saves every 10 minutes.

“He could be called upon once a game and he’s got to be there. It’s that concentration at the top level and he has that in abundance.”

Manchester United will welcome defending Premier League champions Chelsea FC in their next Premier League game at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Red Devils are in second place in the Premier League table but a mere three points ahead of Antonio Conte’s side ahead this weekend’s top-four clash.

Mourinho signed Alexis Sanchez in a swap deal from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

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