Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, ex-England boss Hoddle feels the Red Devils should not be relying on the 24-year-old shot-stopper to win them points, and believes other players in the team ought to be taking responsibility.
De Gea, who has 18 months left to run on his contract at Old Trafford amid intense speculation linking him with a move to European champions Real Madrid, has been in scintillating form in recent weeks - making a string of top saves to help United climb up the Premier League table.
De Gea overworked - Hoddle
Hoddle, however, feels De Gea’s incredible performances have been papering over cracks in the Manchester United defence.
“David de Gea has had a really good start to the season but the reality is he has been overworked for a Manchester United goalkeeper,” he wrote. “The side really should not be relying on him to keep them in games.”
Hoddle added that part of Manchester United’s remarkable success over the past three decades has been down to their solid defences, as much as their star-studded attacks. Subsequently, he believes that until Louis van Gaal addresses the Red Devils’ defensive frailties, United will struggle to re-qualify for the Champions League.
“Yet despite that club tradition [attacking football], United have always built on a strong defensive foundation, too,” he continued. “Gary Pallister and Steve Bruce, [Nemanja] Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are as much a part of United’s folklore as their great attacking players.
“Until Van Gaal can rebuild a defensive force like that, United will struggle to challenge for the Premier League title.
“And if he cannot put things right quickly this season, then the top four could still be beyond them.”