David de Gea is in serious danger of being axed by Manchester United following a string of costly mistakes this season.
The Spaniard, who was widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world two or three years ago, was at fault for at least two of Chelsea’s three goals on Sunday.
Man Utd were beaten 3-1 by the Blues in the FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley.
The Sun are reporting that De Gea could be dropped by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for United’s two remaining league fixtures against West Ham and Leicester City.
The Red Devils, who are currently level on points with fourth-placed Leicester, may turn to Sergio Romero instead of their under-fire first-choice ‘keeper.
While an increasing number of United fans are rapidly losing faith in De Gea, one supporter who has urged everyone to stick by the 29-year-old is Paul Scholes.
Amid the intense criticism directed towards De Gea, Scholes firmly believes the Spain international is capable of rediscovering his form and confidence.
The United legend, tagging in De Gea, wrote on his Instagram story: “Yep he’s having a bad time… but without him Utd wouldn’t have finished in the top 10 the last 6yrs… he’ll be back!”
Now, Scholes isn’t usually one to voice his opinions about football on social media in this way, so he clearly has particularly strong feelings on the matter.
Scholes will always tell it like it is, even if it means potentially upsetting people. This is why he’s become such an entertaining pundit in recent years.
He played alongside De Gea during the Spaniard’s early years at Old Trafford and saw first-hand how he brushed off heavy criticism to become a world-class goalkeeper.
Scholes might be in the minority now, but he believes Man Utd should persevere with him.
One man with the total opposite opinion is Scholes’ former teammate Roy Keane.
Following a mistake against Tottenham last month, Keane ripped into the United ‘keeper live on Sky Sports.
Keane said he was “sick to death” of the “overrated Manchester United goalkeeper”.
He added: "De Gea is the most overrated goalkeeper I've seen in a long, long time.”
In truth, Solskjaer would be wise to take De Gea out of the firing line if he senses the United ‘keeper has lost his confidence.
A spell on the bench could be in the best interests of all concerned.
Although Romero isn’t in De Gea’s class when both are on top form, the Argentine shot-stopper is a reliable deputy who Solskjaer can count on during a crucial final few weeks of the 2019-20 campaign.
De Gea certainly possesses world-class ability - we’ve seen some unbelievable performances from him down the years - but the mental side of his game, for whatever reason, isn’t quite right at the moment.
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