• Solskjaer has come out in support of David de Gea
  • De Gea was criticized by Man Utd greats for his poor show against Spurs
  • Man Utd next face Sheffield United in the Premier League

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his goalkeeper David de Gea saying he is still “the best in the world” after the Spaniard received heavy criticism from Manchester United greats such as Roy Keane and Gary Neville.

De Gea was slammed by fans and various former players for his performance in Man Utd’s 1-1draw against Tottenham earlier this week in the Premier League. A blunder from him gifted Spurs the goal and saw the Red Devils drop points. Man Utd currently are placed fifth in the Premier League. They need to beat Chelsea, who are placed fourth, in order to secure the Champions League spot for the next campaign.

While Man Utd’s former captain Keane said he was "sick to death" of the Red Devils’ "overrated goalkeeper", Neville claimed De Gea was no longer reliable. Man Utd have been given suggestions of replacing De Gea with Dean Henderson, who is on loan at Sheffield United but cannot play against his parent club on Wednesday night, to become the new No 1 at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United are just outside the Champions League places
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United are just outside the Champions League places AFP / Paul ELLIS

Reacting to critical comments that came De Gea’s way the last few days, Solskjaer has insisted that he is certain De Gea will revive his form and there is no goalkeeper at present on par with him.

“David is the best goalkeeper in the world. He's conceded two goals in the last seven games he's played for us. There are two games against City, Chelsea, of course, Tottenham, Everton. Two goals in seven games, we've gone on a run not conceding goals. The Everton one is a freak one, maybe. This one, he cannot save it. He makes great saves, he wins games for us and I still think he's the best goalkeeper in the world,” justified Solskjaer, as reported by Sky Sports.

Solskjaer further claimed that De Gea has been working hard and his errors are not repetitive.

“David's working really hard. He's not making errors that you see time and time again. He's been consistently working hard in training and I'm very pleased with his work,” added Solskjaer.

Man Utd next take on Sheffield United in the Premier League. The match is going to be crucial for Solskjaer and Co as seventh-placed Sheffield trail Man Utd by just two points and both the teams are fighting for the fourth-place finish in the Premier League table.