The Spanish shot stopper stood out for Louis van Gaal‘s side and helped them take one point from the game against Chelsea over the weekend with a string of incredible saves, least not from Branislav Ivanovic’s point blank volley.
De Gea has managed nine clean sheets from his 21 appearances in the Barclays Premier League for Man United this season and has been the largest factor behind the club’s successful defensive record, something Rooney recognises.
“I think David again made some incredible saves,” Rooney told ManUtd.com after the game.
“I’ve said before he’s probably been the best goalkeeper in the world in the last few seasons and, again, he made some important saves to keep it at 1-0 for a long time.
“Unfortunately, the goal at the end has got Chelsea a point. It’s a disappointing result, particularly after conceding late on, and it feels a bit like a defeat.”
Manuel Neuer might be considered the best goalkeeper in the world by some but De Gea is breathing down his neck and there’s an argument to be made for De Gea currently being the world’s No.1 goalkeeper.
Heading into Euro 2016, De Gea has done everything within his power to earn himself a starting spot for Spain but regardless of whether Vicente del Bosque continues to inexplicably overlook him, United fans appreciate Dave in every single performance for the club.
He is, without question, United’s most important player and although Real Madrid are going to come sniffing at his heels again this summer, I hope we can somehow resist and keep him at Old Trafford for some time yet.