Ander Herrera has described David de Gea as a “genius” and believes Manchester United are lucky to have the Spanish goalkeeper.
De Gea came close to leaving Old Trafford at the end of the summer transfer window. A deal was agreed between Manchester United and Real Madrid but the paperwork was not submitted in time, meaning the transfer failed to materialise.
The 25-year-old was understood to have been devastated at the time, but he soon got over the disappointment. Less than two weeks after that setback he put pen-to-paper on a new four-year deal with Manchester United.
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"The talent he has, very few have it in the world and David is one of them.
"It’s a blessing to have him close, and hopefully it will be for a long time."
Best in the world?
Retaining De Gea’s services was a major coup for Manchester United, who have conceded fewer goals than any other team in the Premier League so far this season.
The former Atletico Madrid starlet is widely regarded as one of the best keepers on the planet - and the £18.9 million United paid in June 2011 now looks a real bargain.
Some football fans believe De Gea is now the best goalkeeper in the world - ahead of the likes of Manuel Neuer, Thibaut Courtois and Gianluigi Buffon - and when he’s on top of his game it’s very hard to disagree.
De Gea exit would have been disastrous
Had the Spaniard left Manchester United in the summer, Old Trafford officials would have faced the daunting task of identifying and then signing a replacement.
Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris was reportedly on United’s radar, but it’s very unlikely Spurs would have sold the France international, regardless of the offer on the table.
In all probability, Sergio Romero would now be United’s first-choice goalkeeper - and who knows where Van Gaal’s side would be in the Premier League table right now if that was the case.
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