If there was any doubt before, Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham proved beyond doubt: David De Gea is the Premier League’s best goalkeeper. The Spaniard has been one of the most consistent number ones in world football for the past couple of years, and there is a strong argument to suggest he’s now the best in the game. Against Spurs, De Gea repelled everything that came his way, making 11 saves and almost single handily ensuring United won their sixth game in a row under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – a man who knows a thing or two about top goalkeepers.
In terms of the Premier League’s best keepers, for many people, the debate comes down to De Gea and Liverpool’s Alisson. While Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners when they hosted United in December, in a game that went according to plan, at least in the opinion of the match preview over on Oddschecker, the Brazilian showed he is more than capable of producing a mistake in a big game. Alisson’s blunder against United might not have cost Liverpool at the end of the day but it’s hard to think of a slip-up De Gea has made over the past couple of years.
This is now becoming a real concern for United, with De Gea still yet to agree to a new long-term contract at Old Trafford. With his previous deal set to expire this summer, the club activated a one-year extension in November, giving themselves more time to try to agree to a new deal for De Gea. While the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Juventus and Chelsea have all got top-class goalkeepers, it’s hard to argue that any of those clubs wouldn’t be interested in signing De Gea if they had the chance. At this stage of his career, the Spaniard will want to compete for trophies and play Champions League football – which is what United will need to provide him with.