Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has stated that having David De Gea back in the team’s goal is a major boost for the team.
The Spain international stopper was linked with a move to Real Madrid all-summer long, with a last-minute switch to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu falling through at the eleventh hour.
Forced to stay in England, De Gea has buried the hatchet and signed a new four-year deal with the Red Devils last week.
Louis van Gaal had dropped the Spaniard while his future was being sorted out, with Sergio Romero getting the nod in his place.
However, with De Gea returning to fold in the 3-1 win over Liverpool yesterday, the former Atletico Madrid man’s influence and ability has been praised by Neville.
The retired former England international stated that the Spain international could be a major reason that United achieve their objectives this season.
“It’s a big thing for Manchester United to have him stay for the rest of this season,” Neville is quoted as saying on Sky Sports.
“If Manchester United had Sergio Romero in the net today – it’s no disrespect to him – maybe one or two of those moments Liverpool had wouldn’t have been saved.
“He made a really good save at the end from Jordon Ibe, so I think when you look at it and think about De Gea today, he will save Manchester United points.
“Graeme Souness put a number on it before the game – I think he said 15 points. Whether it’ll be that much, we don’t know, but what I would say is that he will definitely win them matches.”