David de Gea’s too confident to be fazed by his critics, according to Manchester United teammate Javier Hernandez.
The Spanish keeper has been under the microscope ever since his £18m transfer from Atletico Madrid to replace the retiring Old Trafford stalwart Edwin van der Sar two years ago.
He went some way in shaking off his doubters with a heroic performance against Real Madrid last Wednesday – but Hernandez insists the 22-year-old doesn’t listen to a word they say.
“He’s very focused and doesn’t listen to all that rubbish they speak about him,” said the Mexican.
“He has a lot of confidence from us and we tell him every day he’s a very good keeper. He plays and enjoys it. He knows he can be the best in the world and for this club.”
Anders Lindegaard was jostling for the No.1 spot with de Gea earlier in the season, but after a run of 11 Premier League games the Spaniard has sealed his starting place.
Despite criticism over his aerial ability, Hernandez believes the Spain U21 captain is coping fine – and it is only a matter of time before he can claim to be the world’s best.
“A lot of people who really know about football say he is a top-class keeper,” added Hernandez. “It’s why United bought him.
“People say clearing corners and free-kicks are a weak part of his game but he’s doing brilliantly. For me, in a couple of years or less, he will be the number one in the world.”
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