Former Premier League footballer Paul Robinson has hailed Manchester United’s David De Gea as one of the best goalkeepers in the world – but thinks his club should be alarmed by the fact it is he who remains one of the team’s best players.
Robinson praised De Gea for his performance despite conceding three against Sheffield United at the weekend, insisting there are few better than the Spanish shot-stopper.
Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-Spurs ‘keeper felt that De Gea was ‘outstanding’ on Sunday night, though argued that a Manchester United goalkeeper should not have such a standout role against a team like Sheffield United.
He said: “He’s brilliant in the first half, the double save he made was absolutely out of this world.
“His agility, his shot-stopping, he’s one of the best in the world.
“He’s had a little bit of a dip in form, coinciding with Manchester United’s dip in form, he’s been player of the year for the last five years which for a start, should ring alarm bells at Man United.
“But his performances as of late have been back to their best, and I thought he was outstanding.
“However, we’re talking about Man United away at Sheffield United, he shouldn’t have to be outstanding.”
Robinson arguably undervalues the weight of opposition Sheffield United pose these days, with the Blades entering the weekend’s run of games a point ahead of their opponents – and remain so following the dramatic 3-3 draw.
De Gea’s status as one of United’s best players is well-documented, with the goalkeeper the recipient of the club’s fan-voted Player of the Year award in four of the last six seasons (which slightly weakens Robinson’s point following Luke Shaw’s win last year).
That said, Premier League stats show he is among the busier of top-tier ‘keepers with 38 saves so far this season, as only seven of his counterparts have registered more to this point.
United’s form is arguably a key factor within that, and having stood out during seasons where the club have been more successful domestically and on the continent in recent years, it could be said that the form of the 29-year-old is more important than ever to the Red Devils – who continue to lie outside the European places.
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