Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes for a decade that David de Gea is the world’s best goalkeeper.

De Gea is set to surpass United great Peter Schmeichel as the overseas player with the most appearances for the club, having first joined Atletico Madrid in 2011.

A few high-profile blunders, counting a calamitous blunder in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham, driven to concerns around Spain’s future as international number one, particularly with Dignitary Henderson flourishing at Sheffield United on loan. But Solskjaer agreed when Schmeichel insisted that De Gea would be the perfect long-term goalkeeper for United.

“David has had some great seasons here now and his 10th is next year,” Solskjaer said Thursday ahead of United’s away Premier League game against Aston Villa.

“Just to work closely with him, you see he’s still eager to learn, he’s still working hard. Richard [Hartis] is coming in with Craig [Mawson] as the coaches, I think they’ve reignited a little bit of a spark in David and he’s working hard in the training.”

Center-back Victor Lindelof ‘s back problem with Bournemouth was described as “not bad” and could play a part against Villa.

If not, Eric Bailly is likely to step in, with Solskjaer feeling no need to rotate his squad as he doubts that the fourth straight top-flight game would pick an unchanged starting XI.

He said of his players not on that squad: “Over the last two weeks, there aren’t many who haven’t played. They all know that they’re fit and usable, that they’re respected. There’s so much to play for. Trophies-the FA Cup, the Europa League-but even the top four in the table. The band is tight-knit and they all feel they have a role to play in.”


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