David de Gea has been labelled as the Messi of goalkeeping following his latest string of sensational saves this weekend.
De Gea has risen to the pinnacle of goalkeeping, with many regarding him as the best shot stopper in the business.
Even though the Manchester United number one had a sub-par World Cup by his own standards, and with some questioning his early Premier League form, he returned to his sensational best against Watford this weekend with a number of incredible saves, leaving Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster to lavish praise on the United number 1:
“He’s the Messi of goalkeeping,” Foster told to Independent.
“He’s the most natural goalie you will ever see. From what I hear, he’s not a great trainer. Training doesn’t do it for him. But 3pm, the adrenaline rush: that’s what turns him on.
“That is something you really can’t teach. He’s got the game management, the nous of what to do at any given time.”
De Gea made a number of saves at Vicarage Road on Saturday, including a sensational reaction save at the death to ensure that United took the three points back to Manchester, and Foster recalls De Gea’s save in last season’s Champions League against Sevilla, where he stopped a header by Luis Muriel from just five yards.
“Most goalies would just close their eyes and hope for the best,” Foster said. “He just watched it all the way, kept his eyes on the ball, saved it, and just got up like it was nothing.
“That’s the difference: being able to do stuff like that under pressure. Five yards out? Most goalies would have no chance.”