‘De Gea is the most important goalkeeper in the world’ says rival for No 1

Manchester United’s David De Gea is ‘the most important goalkeeper in the world’, according to understudy Victor Valdes, reports the Independent.

The Spaniard has been in fine form for Manchester United this season, and is considered by many to be the main reason behind their challenge for a top four place.

De Gea was superb in the defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday, producing stunning second half saves from Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez to keep the score at 2-1.

Whilst that game ended in defeat, there have been plenty of occasions over the past 18 months in which De Gea has won the game for United with some superb goalkeeping – this season’s clashes with Everton and Liverpool at Old Trafford in particular.

And Valdes – who only moved to United this winter on a free transfer having been released by Barcelona at the end of last season – has been full of praise for his fellow countryman.

“You are always waiting for your opportunity to play and train every day to show your performance to the manager,” he said.

“But now David is at a very, very high performance level.

“I think he is the most important goalkeeper in the world at the moment. So it is difficult [for me] to play and, of course, I must accept this.

“For me, the top [keeper] now is David. I see him every day in training. I watch him in every game, every week, and his performances right now are amazing.”