“For me he’s the best goalkeeper in the world.” Javier Hernandez
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has insisted that team-mate David De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world.
The 22-year-old found himself in a pool of criticism during his debut season following his arrival at Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid with the media pouncing on every mistake he made.
But this season, De Gea has established himself as the first choice keeper and played a major role in United’s title triumph and speaking to Inside United, Hernandez was full of praise for De Gea’s improvements and backed him to become the best in the world.
“For me he’s the best goalkeeper in the world,” he said.
“We all talk about development and having to go down a certain career path and, of course, at his age many people would have been scared to give him the place he’s earned for himself.
“But I think that this season (2012-13), he’s really benefited from being given the opportunity to play on a regular basis.
“He was first choice between the sticks and I think that any player in the world shows his true ability when he gets the chance to have a decent run of games in the side, and David has really shown his quality.
“He was voted the best keeper in the Premier League, so I’d say he’s doing very nicely thank you.”
In addition to a first Premier League winners’ medal, De Gea was named in the PFA Team of the Year and most recently won the U21 European Championships in Israel with Spain, keeping four consecutive clean sheets out of five matches in the process.
It only seems a matter of time before De Gea is called upon to the Spain senior squad to establish himself as the number one keeper for the national team.
His confidence and status seems to be growing day by day and there is no doubt that upon his retirement a decade or two from now, De Gea could well become one of the greatest keepers the world has ever seen with the masses of potential that he has left to unload over the next few years.
Disappointment in his debut season at United proved to have already made him a matured played than he already was. Losing the Premier League title in the style that United did, and even losing his number one spot in the team to Anders Lindegaard, gave a reason for the Spaniard to push on and a season on, De Gea and United are already reaping the rewards.