Ex-United keeper still rates Buffon as better than De Gea

Date published: Tuesday 5th December 2017 10:38

Mark Bosnich believes Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon is still a better goalkeeper than Manchester United’s No.1 David de Gea.

Spain stopper De Gea has retained his impeccably high standards again this season, with his performance at Arsenal on Saturday rehashing the argument over which keeper is the best on the planet.

Many believe De Gea has surpassed Manuel Neuer, but former Man Utd, Aston Villa and Chelsea keeper Bosnich would still rather have 39-year-old Buffon in his goal.

“I think De Gea would definitely be in the top-three,” the former Australia No.1 told Talksport.

“He was absolutely outstanding against Arsenal. Making 14 saves – it was a really great performance from David de Gea and you if you’re going to win a title you need a goalkeeper who is going to save 20 or 25 points a season. There is no team who has won a title without a great goalkeeper between the sticks.

“But, you’ve got to think of Gigi Buffon, regardless of his age. He came in fourth place for the FIFA Best Player awards this year and was awarded the Best Goalkeeper award.

“I know we don’t see him play as much as Premier League goalkeepers, but I’d still have Buffon ahead of De Gea as number one.”

Jose Mourinho joked on Monday that De Gea was only the third best at Manchester United

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