Young Manchester United star David de Gea has been hailed as the best goalkeeper in world football.

That it according to his Old Trafford teammate Javier Hernandez, who feels the progress De Gea has made has taken him to the pinnacle of the game.

Hernandez believes the faith shown in the Spain U21 star by previous manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been vindicated with the 22-year-old putting in some world class performances during the second half of the season.

There was some uncertainty in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season over who his number one would be, with De Gea fighting it out with Dane Anders Linegaard.

De Gea secured the spot eventually and has been vastly improved since, which Hernandez believes is behind his improvement.

The Mexican forward insisted the best players always come out on top when tested in such a manner and sees De Gea staying at the top of the game for some time.

“For me he's the best goalkeeper in the world,” he is quoted as saying the Manchester Evening News.

"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."

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