17th September, 2018.
Watford goal tender, Ben Foster has aptly described Manchester United star David de Gea as the Lionel Messi of goalkeepers. That is the same as saying the ManU goalkeeper is the very best goalkeeper in the world right now.
This statement was made after the Spain number 1 man between the posts came up with yet another superlative performance in his team’s last match as Manchester United defeated Watford 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.
Foster who himself was a goalkeeper at Old Trafford until 2010 when he left the team, has likened De Gea to Barcelona superstar and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi.
“He is the Messi of goalkeeping. He has been the best goalkeeper in the world for years,” Foster said. “He is absolutely brilliant now. Some of the saves he makes at really critical times are just breathtaking.
“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 can’t be bothered!
“But seriously, 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.
“I think the thing with David is that because he is so natural, from what I hear as well he is not a great trainer. Training doesn’t do it for him.
“But three o’clock, the adrenaline rush and what comes with that is what turns him on. I think that’s something that you can’t really teach. He’s got the game management, the game nous of what to do at any given time and when it happens.”