One Reason Why De Gea Is Still Behind Schmeichel

Manchester United's David De Gea.

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Manchester United’s win over an in-form Arsenal side last week has sparked a new wave of hails of David De Gea being the best goalkeeper in the world as of now.

The calls are well deserved, after the Spaniard made an incredible 14 saves during the match, equalling the all-time record in the process. Though the Red Devils exploited Arséne Wenger’s side’s weaknesses in defense, it was De Gea who kept the lead till full-time.

However, despite producing top level performances consistently since the start of the season, according to United legend Ryan Giggs, the Spanish international is not the best shot-stopper to have played for the Old Trafford outfit.

“It’s not uncommon for David to put in a performance like that,” the decorated winger commented. “He’s quite easily the best goalkeeper in the world for me. He hasn’t got any weaknesses and he pulls out remarkable saves all the time.”

However, the Welshman believes it’s Peter Schmeichel who is still the Mancunian giants’ best player to play in that position, and he explained why.

“Schmeichel is still the best ‘keeper that I’ve played with, but David isn’t too far off him,” the 44-year-old added. “Peter had everything. He could catch the ball and start off counter attacks which were so dangerous.

“As soon as it looked like Peter would catch a cross, I was running knowing that he could find me. David hasn’t really got that in his make-up. Just at the moment, Peter is still the better keeper.”


Written by Ashish Sreejith 

Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.


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