JOSE MOURINHO is a man of many talents and he now claims he could have played as well as David De Gea in goal against Young Boys.
But, in his infinite wisdom, the Manchester United boss did praise De Gea's 70th minute wonder save that stopped the Swiss side from scoring and added that he remained hopeful that the shot stopper would still be at Old Trafford long term.
Getty – Contributor4 Mourinho may have claimed he could have done the same performance as De Gea, but he quickly went on the charm offensive and called his keeper 'world class'
The Spanish international's last minute leap across goal prevented Young Boys from taking the lead in their mid-week clash, before Marouane Fellaini gave them some breathing space.
But Mourinho wasn't content with just one wonder save, speaking about his keeper's performance in their 1-0 Champions League victory, Mourinho said: “I think David performance [against Young Boys] you have to say for 92 minutes, to be David there or myself would be the same.
“I can kick as well as him and zero saves, zero shots, to be David or myself would be the same.
“Was a zero performance with a save that only the best in in the world can make, and that’s a fair analysis of his performance. When he needs to touch the ball he’s the best."
AFP or licensors4 De Gea stopped Young Boys from taking the league when they met this week in a Champions League group fixture
PA:Empics Sport4 De Gea's save was a moment of brilliance and Mourinho claimed it did prove that he's the best keeper in the world
Perhaps it was Mourinho's way of motivating his keeper ahead of their trip to St Mary's tomorrow, where United face Southampton who have failed to beat them in five matches, in all competitions.
Reiterating his comments from his post-match presser, after United's Champions League victory, Mourinho continued to refer to the shot-stopper as world class.
The Special One said: “He wants to stay I want him to stay of course, he’s the level of player Manchester United needs.
“Manchester United needs the best players in the world, if we want to be Manchester United we need the best player in the world.
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-4 Mourinho said: "He wants to stay I want him to stay of course, he’s the level of player Manchester United needs"
An extra year on the decorated keeper's contract has been triggered, meaning he is tied to United until the end of next season.
Talks over the keeper's long-term future seem to have stalled, but the bottle-smashing boss has been on the charm offensive.
Mourinho said: “Obviously, the manager wants him to stay, the board wants him to stay, David wants him to stay.
“His agent wants the player to do what the player wants, he’s not the kind of agent that is manipulative like others, and tries to influence the player.
“His agent lets him think and decide by himself so the point is just to agree the contract that the club wants to give and the player wants to accept.
“And I think, that’s just my feeling, they are going to finish well.”