Manchester United stopper David de Gea was dubbed the “Lionel Messi” of goalkeepers by Watford stopper Ben Foster.

David De Gea has maintained his outstanding form at the start of the new season as the goalkeeper, yet again, saved Manchester United from a tight match against then 100% win record holders Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

While the Spain international failed to perform to his usual standards in the World Cup earlier this year in Russia, De Gea seems to have found his form in the Premier League once again making 11 saves, 3 punches, 38 recoveries and keeping a single clean sheet in 5 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils this season.

The 27-year-old made 5 top class saves, including the sensational last-minute save which denied Christian Kabasele‘s powerful header, for his side who were a man down, Nemanja Matic sent off through a second yellow card, which helped Manchester United achieve all 3 points against an in-form Watford side from a difficult trip to Vicarage Road.

De Gea’s performance was apparently more than enough to convince his opposite number in Watford – Ben Foster to consider the Spanish stopper the most gifted goalkeeper in the world and he also hails him as the “Lionel Messi of Goalkeeping”. His words, not mine.

Premier League Veteran and former United stopper, Ben Foster said: “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 3 pm, the adrenaline rush: that’s what turns him on. That’s something you really can’t teach. He’s got the game management, the nous of what to do at any given time.”

“He does it all the time. It’s almost like he is not even bothered, either. It would be so nice to pull those saves off, get up and it’s almost like he just wants to go home. He is brilliant. A top goalie and, if any young goalie out there wants to learn how to be a goalkeeper, watch David de Gea. He is world class. Some of the saves he makes, at really critical times, are just breathtaking.” Foster added.

“He is the Messi of goalkeeping.”

Manchester United travel to Switzerland to face Young Boys in their first UEFA Champions League fixture of the season on Thursday, 20th September before hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday, just 2 days later.


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