David de Gea has hailed Manchester United’s new goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek as ‘one of the best he has ever seen’.
Hoek arrived at Old Trafford alongside manager Louis van Gaal this summer, having worked with the 63-year-old at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and with the Dutch national team, respectively, since 1991.
Signed from Atletico Madrid in June 2011 for £17.8 million, De Gea endured a tough start to his United career, but the tutelage of previous coaches Eric Steele and Chris Woods has helped mould him into one of the Premier League’s top keepers over the past few seasons.
The Spain international has given a great deal of credit to both in the past, but believes the man whose list of former students includes Manuel Neuer, Pepe Reina, Victor Valdes and ex-Red Devils stalwart Edwin van der Sar is a cut above the rest.
‘For me and the other goalkeepers it has been a new way of training, but Frans knows everything about the goalkeeping positions,’ he told MUTV.
‘The things we do with our positioning, our feet... everything. He is one of the best I have seen. He wants to work on the positions for the different crosses, the shots. And for him, he wants us to play with our feet, the build-up is important to him.’
|2014-15 Premier League||Goals Conceded||Clean Sheet||Saves||Save %||Crosses Claimed||Cross Claim Success||Accurate Goal Kicks||Goal Kick Success||Apps||Mins|
|David de Gea||9||2||11||52.38||4||100%||27||58.7%||6||540|
Van der Sar himself was quick to praise the teaching skills of Hoek from his time at Ajax earlier this summer, declaring that his guidance would see De Gea become one of the world’s best.
‘He [Hoek] groomed me and helped me learn all the things I needed to know to be a successful footballer over a lot of years,’ the now-Ajax director said following the coach's arrival in Manchester.
‘He should be a great help for David. He used to work at Barcelona so he'll speak Spanish, although I know David speaks good English now. I think they'll be a good combination.’