Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has hailed teammate David de Gea as the best goalkeeper in the world, following another crucial display in Manchester United's win over Liverpool on Sunday.
The Spanish stopper made a number of incredible saves to keep his clean sheet; particularly denying Mario Balotelli in fine style on numerous occasions.
The 24-year-old has had to adapt to over fifteen different defensive combinations in front of him so far this season due to Louis Van Gaal's long injury list, and has dealt with the changes fantastically.
Manchester United's number one has not had it easy though; he really struggled to adapt at the club when he first joined for a large fee of around £18m from Atletico Madrid. He has cemented his place in between the goalposts in the last few seasons, whilst landing both the Fans' and Players' Player of the Season awards last campaign.
And that form has continued into this season, with the young keeper often winning games for United and earning himself the tag of 'Mr.Reliable'.
Rooney believes that since De Gea's difficult start with the club, he has now turned into a world-class goalkeeper and key part of the Old Trafford club.
"In my eyes he's the best keeper in the world. The performances he's shown for us have been fantastic. "He's not as tall as some other keepers but his spring and reach is really long. Sometimes in training you hit a shot and you're turning away, thinking it's gone in, and he just manages to get there.
"He came through a tough patch early on in his career here and he's starting to prove what a top keeper he is," the 29-year-old said.
Rooney has not been alone in showing his appreciation of the Spaniard, with both Juan Mata and Phil Jones also voicing their opinions of his importance this week.
“He is in top form," said Mata. "Everybody’s praising him and now we have to keep working so we don’t need so many saves from him in the next few games; we have to get better in that regard.
“David gives us complete confidence. Liverpool created chances and they didn’t score because of him."
As a defender for Manchester United, no one understands the importance of De Gea quite like Phil Jones, who has nothing but praise for the stopper.
“He's in the top three in the world for me. He's not over-confident. He just goes about his business quietly and is a credit to himself. He's pulled out some unbelievable saves and in terms of positioning, he is fantastic as a goalkeeper. You know he's there and, nine times out of 10, he's going to make the save for you. We're lucky to have him," Jones said.
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