Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly has paid tribute to David de Gea, claiming that the goalkeeper ‘instills confidence’ in the whole team.
De Gea joined United from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011, and the Spaniard has since developed into arguably the best goalkeeper in world football.
The 26-year-old has once again been in fine form for his club at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, while he helped Spain book their spot at the 2018 World Cup with a clean sheet in Friday’s 3-0 win over Albania.
Bailly has lavished praise on De Gea, with the centre-back branding the stopper ‘very important’ to what the Red Devils are trying to achieve as a unit.
Bailly told United Review:
“It’s a good thing for us to have, in my opinion, the best defender, the best goalkeeper in the world.
“David is very, very, very important for everything we do. The goalkeeper instills confidence not just in the defenders but in the whole team, so that’s why I think David is very important to the whole team.”
United have won six and drawn one of their seven Premier League matches this season, but they are second to rivals Manchester City in the table on goal difference.
Jose Mourinho’s side will look to continue their unbeaten start to the 2017-18 campaign when they travel to bitter rivals Liverpool next weekend.