David de Gea criticised by Paul Scholes after Manchester United vs West Ham

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A number of Manchester United's players have been criticised time-and-time again in the last couple of years. 

In the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era at Old Trafford, the Red Devils have well and truly been knocked off their perch as the best club in England. 

Their so called stars have just failed to produce the goods on a consistent basis, but one man has well and truly been an exception. 


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That man is David de Gea. 

The United shot-stopper has been tremendous - he has secured back-to-back Player of the Year awards in Manchester - but has now faced criticism from club legend Paul Scholes. 

De Gea should have saved it 

The former United midfielder, who hasn't held back when commenting on the United side recently, suggested that De Gea should have saved Dimitri Payet's free-kick at Old Trafford on Sunday. 

Payet curled home a beautiful strike from long range, but Scholes has insisted that De Gea would have been 'disappointed' with the goal, claiming that he should have got across to keep it out. 

"I think with the quality of David De Gea, he'll be disappointed with this," he told BT Sport, as per the Manchester Evening News.

"He's not absolutely smashed it, it's more of a bender and I think he'll [De Gea] be disappointed with this.

"I think he should get across and save it."

Well, if De Gea was to blame, he certainly made up for it by making a fine save in stoppage time to help the Red Devils earn an FA Cup quarter-final replay. 

Martial saves the day 

Frenchman Anthony Martial netted late on to equalise for Louis van Gaal's side, who just about managed to keep their name in the hat for this evening's FA Cup semi-final draw. 

United's all important goal proved controversial, however, as Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger appeared to get in the way of West Ham 'keeper Darren Randolph. 

Despite admitting that there was contact, Scholes has dismissed the notion that Schweinsteiger fouled the goalkeeper. 

"There's a tiny bit of contact [between Schweinsteiger and Randolph] but nothing too serious," he added.

"It's a great ball from Herrera, great run.

"He's clipped it to the back post and it's a good finish from Martial. I think it's minimal contact really."

United are still in the cup but will be well aware that performances have to improve sooner rather than later. 

With the club in a precarious position in the Europa League - they trail rivals Liverpool by two goals to nil after the first leg - and sitting in sixth place in the Premier League, the FA Cup has to take an even greater significance at this stage. 

Even if the Red Devils do fail to secure a place in next year's Champions League, winning the FA Cup should lift everyone at the club. They are truly in need of a trophy after a tricky couple of years. 

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