'There's no doubt' - Carragher gives verdict on De Gea v Courtois

Jamie Carragher says Manchester United's goalkeeper edges Chelsea's.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher admits to being bedazzled by David de Gea's superb display against his old side.

De Gea shone in Manchester United's 3-0 win over their rivals last weekend, and the ex-England international believes the Spaniard is the best goalkeeper in the country.

To ask the question ahead of the season, or even a fortnight in, a common response would have been Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois - thanks to the Belgian's terrific displays in La Liga for Atletico Madrid last season where he was on loan.

Carragher now feels Courtois has been surpassed by Manchester United's De Gea. 

He told The Mail: "There has been a lot of debate about where De Gea stands at the moment in terms of the goalkeepers we have in this country, but there is no doubt in my mind he is now the No 1, having just edged past Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois.

"I thought his performance against Liverpool was amazing. He never did anything wrong at any stage in the game and, most importantly, gave his defenders the confidence that he would save them when he was called into action.

"He looks a different goalkeeper to the one who first arrived in England."

De Gea has been in truly superb form this season, but he has been called into action on far more occasions than Courtois. 

  Shots Allowed On TargetGoals Conceded
Man Utd 68 17
Chelsea 44 13

He has incredibly conceded only United's porous defence has allowed 24 more shots on target than Chelsea's tough backline, giving De Gea more to do and greater chances to shine.

Incredibly despite this the Spanish international has only conceded four more goals, but you have to wonder if given more opportunities to show what he could do and put under increased pressure, if the also highly talented Courtois would shine in a similar way?

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