June 14, 2024

Ralf Rangnick compares David De Gea to Manuel Neuer, calls him “one of the best”

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Ralf Rangnick has compared David De Gea to Bayern Munich shot-stopper Manuel Neuer saying he’s “one of the best”.

The Manchester United interim manager said the Spaniard is “the best” goalkeeper at controlling his box.

He thinks De Gea and Neuer are currently in the ‘top three” in that position in the world.

“Well, I think they are both definitely on the list of the top five goalkeepers in the world,” Rangnick told the club’s website. “Maybe even in the top three.

“They are both in a fantastic shape, physically and, as well as on the line, when it’s about controlling the box, David De Gea is probably one of the best, if not the best, in the world and we are very happy to have him.

“But, honestly, as a coach, I would prefer more of those games, for example, against Crystal Palace [a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford], where we don’t need him as much and, in order to achieve that, we just need to make sure we don’t have too many shots on goal.

“We had too many shots on our goal, also in the first half against Wolves, and the same was true at Newcastle or even at Norwich. But again, on the other hand, it’s good to have someone like David in goal – a fantastic professional, a fantastic player and it’s great to work with a player like him.”

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When Ralf Rangnick was in charge of Schalke in 2011, he worked with Neuer and faced his present team in the Champions League semi-final that year, losing 6-1 on aggregate to the Red Devils.

De Gea has been a remarkable performance for United this season, earning Player of the Month honors in November and December.

The 31-year-old has made 465 appearances for the Red Devils since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011, winning seven major championships along the way.

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