'God chose De Gea in goal and Messi on the pitch' - Herrera

The Spain international has hailed his countryman as one of the best, even crediting divine forces as the reason behind his continued success

Ander Herrera has put Manchester United team-mate David de Gea in the same bracket as Lionel Messi, stating that God chose both stars to play in their respective positions.

De Gea once again stood out across the 2017-18 Premier League season and was crowned the fans' Player of the Year for a fourth time.

In addition, he also scooped the Premier League's Golden Glove award after keeping 19 clean sheets throughout United's domestic campaign.

And Herrera believes that it is a special innate talent that allows his countryman to consistently perform at the level only achievable by the very best in the game.

“For me, David is the best by far,” he told The Big Interview.

“I think he has something that comes from God – God chose him in the goal and chose Messi on the pitch.

“You cannot train what he did against Liverpool. You cannot train what he did against Kun Aguero when he was two metres in front of him and he put his hand out.

“He's really good - you can see when he receives the ball he knows always what to do.

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Herrera on De Gea

“He has some special abilities that I think he hasn’t trained them, because you cannot train them, you just have them.”

Manchester United are next in action against Chelsea on Saturday as two of England's heavyweights go head-to-head in the FA Cup final. Kick off is at 5.15pm UK time.