'He's the best in the world' - Manchester United star Rooney raves about teammate De Gea

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Wayne Rooney believes David de Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world.

Wayne Rooney believes teammate David de Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world.

The Spaniard has been in sensational form this season, putting in a spectacular performance against Liverpool in the weekend's 3-0 win.

Rooney told ManUtd.com: "In my eyes he is the best keeper in the world. The performances he has shown for us have been fantastic. He is not as tall as some other keepers but his reach is really long.

"What he has gained is that he is more vocal now. When he came his English wasn't great and it was difficult for him to pass messages on. Now he shouts more. Edwin van der Sar had the best years of his career when he was with us in his late 30s so David has got a great future ahead of him."

De Gea's form has been sensational, but to cast an objective eye on Rooney's comments, his claim about De Gea being the world's best is far from clear.

Most people would agree German World Cup winner Manuel Neuer is the very best in his position, and he has even been nominated as one of the final three in the Ballon d'Or voting.

As for the Premier League itself, Chelsea fans may take issue with Rooney's comments, with Thibaut Courtois highly regarded - yet it seems he has hardly been tested as much this season as the Spanish international.

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