Solskjaer: De Gea is still the best goalkeeper in the world

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Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Spaniard David de Gea on Tuesday, saying he was still “the best goalkeeper in the world”, after criticism over the team’s last game in the Premier League.

The “Red Devils” tied Friday with their host Tottenham (1-1), in the first match of the team with the resumption of the Premier League competitions after being suspended for more than three months due to the emerging Coronavirus. The international goalkeeper was criticized against the goal of the London team, scored by Dutch Stephen Bergwijn (27), with a shot that went from him into the goal. United equalized with a late penalty kick by Portuguese Bruno Fernandez.

“David is the best goalkeeper in the world,” Solskjaer said in comments on the eve of hosting Sheffield United on Wednesday in the 30th stage of the league.

“He scored two goals in the last seven games with us (…) two goals in seven games. We have achieved a series without conceding any goal.”

Solskjaer stressed that the Spaniard “is making great challenges, giving us victory in matches, and I think he is the best goalkeeper in the world”, followed “David is making a great effort. He does not make the mistakes that we see again and again.”

De Gea’s performance has been widely criticized by English commentators, including former United stars who are currently working as sports channel analysts, such as Gary Neville and Irish Roy Keane.

While Neville saw de Gea’s performance against Tottenham as “more than a bump,” Kane, known for his controversial views, took a more severe stance, calling for him not to be allowed to board the team bus on the way back from London to the northern city and “take a taxi”.

De Gea, 29, had signed a new contract in the summer of 2019 to keep him at United until 2023, thus continuing to defend the colors of the team he joined in 2011 from Atletico Madrid.

According to the latest statistics on the club’s website, De Gea played 395 games with Manchester United and kept his nets clean in 138 of them.

He will host United Sheffield Wednesday in the thirty-first stage, and appointed him to strengthen his position in the ranking in the hope of grabbing a qualified position for the Champions League competition next season.

United are fifth with 46 points, equal to Wolverhampton Six, and five points behind Chelsea, the last official to qualify for the competition.

The 30th stage (out of 38) matches start on Tuesday with the hosting of Leicester City for Brighton and Tottenham Lost Hamm.