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'De Gea Is The Messi Of Goalkeeping'

A Premier League veteran has likened Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

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The Spain international, who was criticised for his disappointing performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, produced a stellar performance for the Red Devils against Watford this past weekend.

One of the highlights of the fixture was when the United No. 1 saved a header from point-blank range to help his club come away with all three points against the Hornets on Saturday, and Ben Foster, a former Old Trafford star, had much praise for the Spaniard after the match.

"He is the Messi of goalkeeping," the former England international said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

"He has been the best goalkeeper in the world for years, he is absolutely brilliant now. Some of the saves he makes at really critical times are just breathtaking.

"He does it all the time. It's almost like he is not even bothered either! It would be so nice to pull those saves off, get up and it's almost like he just wants to go home. He can't be bothered!

"But seriously, he is brilliant. A top goalie and if any young goalie out there wants to learn how to be a goalkeeper, watch David De Gea. He is world class.

"I think the thing with David is that because he is so natural, from what I hear as well he is not a great trainer. Training doesn't do it for him.

"But three o'clock, the adrenaline rush and what comes with that is what turns him on. I think that's something that you can't really teach. He's got the game management, the game nous of what to do at any given time and when it happens."

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The 27-year-old has played 404 senior games in his career so far, keeping 142 clean sheets along the way.

Do you consider De Gea to be the Messi of goalkeeping? Have your say in the comments section below. 

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