‘How Man Utd squad reacted to De Gea’s arrival in 2011’ – Rio Ferdinand reveals

Following his acrobatics in-between the sticks for Manchester United against Sevilla in the Champions League clash of Wednesday, David De Gea has continued to receive plaudits for being one of the best netminders in the world.

Man United came-off the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League game at the  Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium and they are now in pole position to qualify for the quarter final, thanks to saves by Spanish goalie David de Gea.

Jose Mourinho set up his team in a very defensive manner as he had three defensive midfielders in the forms of Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Scot Mctominay but despite that, the midfield was very much penetrable but De Gea never failed to spare their blushes.

De Gea denied Colombia international Luis Muriel a glorious chance to put the Spanish side ahead and another effort by Steven Nzonzi amounted to naught as the Man United goalkeeper appeared to be on top of his game.

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand spoke to BT Sport where he reckons that De Gea is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment.

“Outright the best goalkeeper in the world. Time and time again, he produces saves like that,” he extolled.

“But the great goalkeepers don’t need to make a save every ten minutes, he could be called upon once in a game and he will be there. It’s that concentration at the top level and he has that in abundance.”

Ferdinand revealed that When the Spaniard joined United, there was massive doubt over his class and ability in-between goal.

“When he first come we were sitting there – even the players – in the dressing room, with doubts.

“Young kid just coming in through the doors at Manchester United – we need to win every year and how are we going to do that with a young kid, with no experience and looks like he’s lacking confidence?

“To be fair, Steely – who brought him in – believed in him and the gaffer followed that through and where his today, that’s a sign of someone who works hard and gets what they need to get.”