Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is now better than Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois, claims Jamie Carragher.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, the Liverpool legend has insisted that De Gea could even be named the Premier League's best player this season - if he continues his current fine run of form.
De Gea success
Neville Southall was the last man to be awarded with the prestigious award in England's elite division, but Carragher has tipped United's Spanish star to emulate him.
Carragher stated: "You have to go back to 1985 for the last time a goalkeeper was recognised as being the outstanding player of a season.
"Back then, Neville Southall — a man I grew up watching — received the FWA award for the remarkable form he showed when Everton won the League Championship and last week at Old Trafford I began to wonder whether David de Gea might emulate him."
Carragher, though, has insisted that De Gea has now edged past Courtois as the top 'keeper in the shot-stopper, and has hailed his performance against Liverpool this past weekend.
He continued by saying: "There has been a lot of debate about where De Gea stands at the moment in terms of the goalkeepers we have in this country, but there is no doubt in my mind he is now the No 1, having just edged past Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois.
"I thought his performance against Liverpool was amazing. He never did anything wrong at any stage in the game and, most importantly, gave his defenders the confidence that he would save them when he was called into action. He looks a different goalkeeper to the one who first arrived in England."
De Gea, then, will currently be gearing up for the Red Devils' Premier League showdown with Aston Villa this afternoon. United will be hoping to secure their seventh straight victory under Louis van Gaal, and the club's keeper may well take a starring role once again at Villa Park.
There's no doubt about it, the Spaniard has been inspirational for the club this season, and it will be difficult for the likes of Christian Benteke and Co. to find a way past him today.