Manchester United coach Chris Woods believes David De Gea has “everything needed” to become the best goalkeeper in world football.
The 22-year-old glovesman has been widely commended this season, most recently drawing praise from his manager David Moyes and team-mate Javier Hernandez following an impressive performance during last weekend’s 3-2 comeback win over Stoke City.
Such a display underlined the growing belief that De Gea can realise his dream of becoming the world no.1 and Woods, who has worked with the Spaniard since moving to United in July, says it is a realistic ambition – though there is a way to go yet.
“David has got everything that you need to be the best and he has just got to keep doing what he is doing at the moment,” he told United Review. “It is about achieving a level of consistency, which he is now doing but I don’t want to tempt fate. He has everything needed to be up there with the best.”
As well as De Gea, Woods is also full of praise for United’s full roster of goalkeepers and the former England stopper is pleased with the group’s attitude to life at the Aon Training Complex, where competition for places is as intense as always.
“They have been absolutely first class,” Chris explains. “From my point of view, they have taken the training on board, worked hard and I don’t think they have moaned! They have worked really hard and we are forming that coach/player relationship that you need.