Louis van Gaal: David de Gea is one of the best in the world

by Leo Nieboer

Louis van Gaal was full of praise for David De Gea after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Spaniard produced another immense display between the sticks against a West Ham side that caused the home side a number of problems in defence.

His most notable contribution, perhaps, was the low dive to stop Michael Antonio’s injury time drive from creeping into the bottom corner. Speaking after the game, van Gaal recalled what was an important stop from Man United’s number one.

“[It was] A great save from David de Gea but that we know, he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Every match,” he said.

“It was a great save. My colleague Slaven [Bilic] said the same.”

De Gea is the main reason why United weren’t humiliated by Liverpool in midweek, and his display today ensured that United are still in contention for some silverware.

Behind an ever-changing defence, the 25-year-old’s stock is rising to astronomical levels this season in an otherwise tumultuous campaign. Perhaps De Gea’s heroics stand as the only thing between van Gaal and his sacking, which United fans so desperately want.

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