Solskjaer lauds De Gea as the best keeper in the world after Villarreal win

Goalkeeper David De Gea of Man Utd and Jesse Lingard celebrate
Goalkeeper David De Gea of Man Utd and Jesse Lingard celebrate - IMAGO / PRiME Media Images

Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praises on De Gea for his impressive showing against Villarreal.

Manchester United produced a thrilling 2-1 win against Villarreal in the Champions League group stage game at Old Trafford, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting an injury-time winner.

Ronaldo has been the talk of the town for his heroics, but United shot-stopper David de Gea was also as influential as the Portugal star.

The Spanish goalkeeper made a string of saves to keep the Villarreal attackers at bay, and the performance was arguably his best in the United shirt in recent times.

De Gea’s impressive showing has led manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to call him the best goalkeeper in the world.

The Norwegian boss said (h/t  “Thankfully we had the best goalkeeper in the world tonight. “David was fantastic. Second-half, they had more of the ball, it was open and they deserved to lead.

“Old Trafford is magic. Champions League at Old Trafford… sometimes that history can help us and tonight Cristiano came up with a good goal and Alex [Telles] came up with a fantastic goal.

“[De Gea] had a difficult summer. He went to the Euros and didn’t play there, but he’s really come back with a determination, a work rate, that I enjoy. Again, he got a deserved outcome.

“He saved us tonight. We have to be realistic and say that we’ve got two good keepers in Tom [Heaton] and Dean [Henderson], but today David deserves Man of the Match.”

The Red Devils had been under fire because of their topsy-turvy form this season, which saw them lose back to back games against West Ham and Aston Villa. Furthermore, they had a nightmarish start to the Champions League, losing to Swiss outfit Young Boys 2-1.

However, they returned to winning ways after last night’s victory against the Yellow Submarines, to whom the Red Devils lost in the Europa League finals last season.