Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea must go back to basics to enhance his confidence and reverse his disappointing run of form, Gary Neville said.
Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea deflected Steven Bergwijn’s shot into his own net in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday and the Spanish was lambasted by another Manchester United captain, Roy Keane, who said he was “sick to death” of the goalkeeper.
Manchester United manager, Solskjaer Ole Gunnar defended De Gea after Keane’s comments, even though he has also recently tipped academy product Dean Henderson to become the first choice for club and country.
It was the seventh error leading to a goal that David de Gea had committed since the start of last season, the joint-highest alongside Newcastle United’s Martin Dubravka, Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Arsenal’s Bernd Leno, according to Premier League statistics.
“He’s got to go back to basics… He was the one player United could rely upon for the last four years but he’s not the same,” former Captain Neville said on his podcast.
“When form drops for six months it’s a blip but when it goes on for a year you start to worry. When it goes over two years it becomes more permanent.”
Manchester United, who are fifth on points, face Sheffield United, two points and places below them on Wednesday.