Lindelof says de Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world

Victor Lindelof has talked up Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, claiming he is the best in world football.

De Gea has returned to his best form this season and won United’s Player of the Month award for November.

Lindelof and de Gea helped United earn their first home league clean sheet of the season in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

And in an interview with the club’s official website, Lindelof was effusive in his praise of the Spanish international.

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“He’s been absolutely world class and, in my opinion, he’s the best in the world and he’s been showing that this season,” said Lindelof of de Gea.

“He’s been absolutely brilliant and saving a lot of balls and helping us a lot. I’m very pleased for him and we have a very good relationship, on and off the pitch, so I’m very happy for him.

“It’s very important [having that relationship]. The communication as well – we speak Spanish and Portuguese to each other, which is important. You know he is always behind you and if there’s a mistake or they [the opposition] get through, then he’s always there to protect you and that’s always nice to know that David has your back.

“No, of course not, as I said, he’s world class and he’s the best for me. His reactions and everything are phenomenal, everything about his game, with the ball at his feet, he’s very good. “I’m saying it again – world class.”

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Lindelof was impressive in that Palace victory, taking on Ralf Rangnick’s instructions to help United press higher up the pitch.

He was commanding in the challenge, coming forward to sweep the ball off the toes of Palace’s frontline and starting attacks.

De Gea was not pressed into drastic action in that game, and Rangnick would probably like him to be less busy moving forward than he has been this season.

He has been arguably United’s player of the season so far and the return to form was welcome after some shaky periods under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.