David de Gea: Man United goalkeeper the ‘best in the world’ – Rooney

Reds skipper has hailed Spanish 24-year-old as the finest in his position as fans demand club offer No.1 a new contract.

De Gea celebrates Robin van Persie's goal against Liverpool

De Gea celebrates Robin van Persie’s goal against Liverpool

One of David de Gea’s goalkeeping rivals is a World Cup winner and in the mix for the 2014 Ballon d’Or with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Another is a 2014 Premier League champion.

But Wayne Rooney has hailed United No.1 David de Gea as “the best in the world”.

And with the Spaniard as their saviour, the Old Trafford captain is convinced Louis van Gaal’s growing revolution can still see United make a serious challenge for the title.

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was his country’s hero in Brazil in the summer and won the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich and is on the shortlist for the World’s Player of the Year prize to be announced next month in Zurich.

Joe Hart is bang in form for City and helped them to the league crown last May. Two years ago he was hailed by his Three Lions colleague Rooney as the world’s best after the United striker tweeted his opinion following a display by Hart in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund.

But now Rooney says this season’s form from de Gea, highlighted by his star performance against Liverpool on Sunday, has elevated the 24-year-old Spaniard to the top

“In my opinion yes he is the best keeper in the world. The performances he has shown for us have been fantastic,” said Rooney.

“He came through a tough patch early on in his career here and he is
starting to prove what a top keeper he is.

“To play in goal at Manchester United at 20 is difficult, especially trying to replace Edwin van der Sar, who was a fantastic keeper.

“We knew it might take time with David and it did. The first six months, probably a year, it was hard but he worked hard on his game and it shows.