Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville slam David de Gea for mistakes in Everton draw
Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville have joined forces to ask questions of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, whose uninspiring performance saw the Red Devils draw 3-3 with Everton on Saturday.
The Spaniard’s weak save allowed Abdoulaye Doucoure to score Everton’s first goal, and although he was powerless for the second, concerns were also raised about his inability to come and claim the late free kick which led to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s equalizer.
As youngster Dean Henderson waits backstage, some fans have called on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop De Gea in favor of the Englishman, and Redknapp and Neville both admitted De Gea should have done more in the game.
“David de Gea as a goalkeeper has to go out there and take it all – he has to be brave, assess the situation,” Redknapp said (via The Express). “Because if he goes out with some authority, I have no doubt he would win it, choke it.”
“He’s not coming and thinks he’s going to take on this challenge. He was at fault for the first goal and certainly at fault there. “
Neville added, “David de Gea, there at the end. He doesn’t even come in line with the ball. I think you want the goalie to come, like Jamie said there, and eat the striker. You just want your goalie. absolutely come and take it out. “
While Neville accepted that De Gea’s poor save allowed Doucoure to give Everton some hope early in the second half, the United legend insisted he was by no means the only player whose defensive foul contributed to this goal.
“There were horrible performances in some parts of the games,” he said. “Tonight they had one of their best performances, but in some moments defensively they were really bad.
“David de Gea, there [the first Everton goal], so weak. Parry in the box – it’s not good enough, they don’t clean their lines. Luke Shaw doesn’t sprint around as fast as he can, Fred can’t. “
It’s a performance that has seen Solskjaer publicly assert that his side should not be seen as title contenders this season, despite finishing the weekend in second place, behind only leaders Manchester City.
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