Manchester United attacker Juan Mata, has stated that he believes his team-mate David De Gea does not get anywhere near enough credit for his superb performances.
The 29-year-old Spaniard said in a interview featured on Football365:
“You know what? “I don’t know why some people don’t appreciate him and how good he is,”
“He’s not always on the list of the best goalkeepers in the world, or whatever these awards are, and, for me, it’s definite.
“I see his games week in and week out and can see he is great and fantastic.
“He has to be in the top three, top two or top one.
“For me, he’s the best and it would be nice if more journalists, not just in England as he is very well appreciated in England, but in different countries, realised how good he is.”
Both players where in excellent form last night as their side beat Bournemouth 1-0 at Old Trafford. Mata laid on a tidy assist for Romelu Lukaku’s winner and De Gea kept his 10th clean sheet of the season, pulling off a string of impressive saves in the process.
While Manuel Neuer and Gianluigi Buffon have been dominating the UEFA Best Goalkeeper award in recent years, perhaps if De Gea has a good World Cup with Spain he may finally start to get the recognition that his world-class talent deserves.