David de Gea has been in the dog house since Spain’s loss to Russia in a wild and woolly PK shootout loss to Russia in the quarterfinals and the crazy three all draw against Portugal in the opening round of the Group stage.
The Guardians Jamie Jackson:” Ander Herrera has defended David de Gea by saying the Manchester United goalkeeper was criticised during Spain’s World Cup campaign because of his world-class status.
In Spain’s opening match at Russia 2018 against Portugal De Gea spilled a Cristiano Ronaldo shot to allow a soft goal in the 3-3 draw. This came after he committed a similar error in the warm-up game against Switzerland that led to Ricardo Rodríguez scoring.
Herrera believes De Gea’s usual impeccable goalkeeping means the mistakes were harshly highlighted. “I don’t care what the critics say,” the midfielder said. “He is the best goalkeeper in the world, by far, and he will show it again. When you are the best goalkeeper in the world and you don’t make those amazing saves, everyone is going to talk. When I don’t play very well, I don’t get that criticism because I am not one of the best in the world, but he is, so it’s normal and he will cope with it.
“He is so strong. I remember when I was in Spain and he signed for the club [in 2011], the first couple of months were hard for him and he became the best goalkeeper in the world in the next four years, so I am very relaxed about him. We are very lucky to have him.”
De Gea will receive a boost from United fans when he joins the tour of the US next week, according to Herrera. “They are very loyal. They have already shown that to him and he knows he’s going to get them back. We are very relaxed because he is going to show again that he is the best in the world and he will give us again eight or 10 points this season.
“I remember that difficult summer  when everyone was talking about Real Madrid and he played the first game at Old Trafford and everyone was singing his name and he told me: ‘This is amazing, they are the best.’”
With many senior players resting after the World Cup, José Mourinho’s tour squad features a number of youngsters: RoShaun Williams, Axel Tuanzebe, Demetri Mitchell, James Garner, Ethan Hamilton, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Joshua Bohui. Mitchell, Tuanzebe, Gomes, Chong and Greenwood featured in the 1-1 draw with Club América in the opening match in Phoenix.
Herrera said: “They are very good. They are training fantastic. This club – one of the things I like the most is that we give a lot of importance to the academy. Not every team in the Premier League can say the same. We are the biggest club in the Premier League but we give a lot of importance to the academy.”
Of Chong, an 18-year-old forward, he said: “Chong was very good in the second half in my opinion and the other kids didn’t have too much time but they will. I like him because he is very brave. When he trains he is not scared of trying new things and taking people on in one-on-ones. He wants to learn and he listens a lot in training.
“I am also very surprised about Garner. Angel also has a lot of quality and the striker [Greenwood], I didn’t know he was 16 years old and he was fighting against men, so I am very confident and I hope one day that they kick our ass out of the club. That will show that the club is doing the right things.”