Rooney gives backing to in-form shot stopper.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has said that goalkeeper David de Gea has developed into the best in the world this season after his impressive form has won them points all oh its own, the Daily Express reports.
After an shaky start to his career with Manchester United Rooney believes De Gea is now capable of following in the footsteps of Old Trafford legends Peter Schmeichel and Edwin Van Der Sar.
Red Devils boss Louis Van Gaal has been reluctant to heap praise on the Spaniard – or any individual player – but Rooney has had no such problem after he lauded the shot stopper’s qualities following their convincing victory over Liverpool at the weekend.
“In my eyes he is the best ‘keeper in the world,” said Rooney. “David was the same last season. And the performances he has shown for us this season have been fantastic.
“He is not as tall as some other goalkeepers but his spring and reach is really long. Sometimes in training you hit a shot and you’re turning away thinking it has gone in and he just manages to get there.
“I am delighted for him. He came through a tough patch early on in his career here but he is starting to prove what a top ‘keeper he is.
“To play in goal at Manchester United at 20 years of age is difficult, especially when you are trying to replace Edwin van der Sar who was such a fantastic keeper.
“We knew it might take time with David and it did. The first six months, probably first year, it was hard but he worked hard on his game and it shows.”
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