David de Gea is still “one of the best goalkeepers in Europe”, according to Massimo Taibi, who says the Manchester United number one will “come back stronger” after the most challenging period of his career to date.
De Gea has been a fixture in United’s starting XI since joining the club from Atletico Madrid back in 2011, racking up 407 appearances in total across all competitions.
The 29-year-old has picked up seven major honours during that period, including one Premier League title, while also scooping the in-house Player of the Year award at Old Trafford on four occasions.
The former Red Devils keeper, who endured his own high-profile struggles at Old Trafford, told American Gambler: “De Gea is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe.
“In England, he has been incredible. Yes, you can have the odd game where it doesn’t quite go like you had hoped, but he is so good that he will easily rediscover his form.
“You just work hard and someone like him will come back stronger. For me, he’s a goalkeeper you can’t even judge. He is one of the best.”
Pressed on who stands out as the world’s best keeper ahead of De Gea at the moment, Taibi named Bayern Munich star Manuel Neuer, before suggesting AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma could be a great signing for United in the future.
“For me, it’s Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer. He is simply the best,” he said. “In terms of who I would love for Manchester United to sign, I don’t say this because I’m Italian, but I have to also pick Gianluigi Donnarumma.
“He’s only 21 and is already one of the best and can still improve significantly. He would be a fantastic signing for Manchester United.”