Jose Mourinho has always been proud of the defensive abilities of his team. Manchester United have had one of the best defensive records in Europe and the man who can be given the biggest share of appreciation here is none other than David De Gea.
De Gea has always been linked with a move to Madrid ever since his failed departure few seasons back. However, the Spanish number 1 has left all that aside and has always performed well up to the expectations when donning that Red Devil jersey. The 27 year old goalkeeper didn’t have the best of the world cup outings this time up. Regardless of everything, the Spanish goalkeeper gets all the love from the Manchester United faithfuls who believe he is currently the best in the world. In a recent interview Ander Herrera pointed out the mental strength that De Gea possesses, saying,
“He is the best goalkeeper in the world, by far, and he will show it again. When you are the best goalkeeper in the world and you don’t make those amazing saves, everyone is going to talk.”
“When I don’t play very well, I don’t get that criticism because I am not one of the best in the world, but he is, so it’s normal and he will cope with it.”
Years have passed since the rather dramatic incident which saw De Gea’s move to Real Madrid being cancelled at its final stage but the United number one still stands as one of the transfer priorities for the Spanish Giants in each and every transfer window. Ander Herrera believes the love of the Manchester United fans won’t let De Gea leave Old Trafford regardless of the numerous lucrative approaches from Real Madrid time to time.
“I remember that difficult summer when everyone was talking about Real Madrid and he played the first game at Old Trafford and everyone was singing his name and he told me ‘this is amazing, they are the best’,” said Herrera.
Ander Herrera was full of praises for De Gea and further added :
“He can be very calm but he’s the best. He will show it again. He’s the best keeper I’ve ever seen in my life and he is with us so we have more chances to win titles.”
De Gea’s current contracts runs till 2019 with United having an option of adding another year to it, which will effectively see the Spaniard stay at Old Trafford till 2020. The Red Devils are keen to extend his contract and reports suggest an agreement will be reached in the upcoming days.