Unlike the ex-players of certain other clubs that play in red, Manchester United’s alumni who are now employed as pundits don’t seem to have the same bias towards those representing the side now. Other than those employed at MUTV- in essence still in the United payroll- it seems our former legends have no qualms about sticking the knife in when it comes to David De Gea.
In January last year Roy Keane commented after United’s defeat in the FA Cup at Anfield:
“De Gea looked a bit nervous.
“When you have a nervous goalkeeper it can go through the whole team. He looked really nervous.
“He has to stick his chest out and say, I am number one today, I am going to produce a big performance.
“Goalkeeper is the most important position at Manchester United. That is why United got Edwin van der Sar at 34. United are missing that experience and presence.
“United will be kicking themselves. They have conceded shocking goals.”
Keane’s criticism of De Gea following the defeat to Liverpool seemed a tad harsh, as he could have done very little for Dirk Kuyt’s last minute close range winner but it seems the Spaniard is the preferred whipping boy for our ex-skippers.
Last night on Monday Night Football Gary Neville picked up where he left off after the Spurs game by lumping all the blame for the dropped points almost exclusively at De Gea’s door.
Neville went further than just saying De Gea was to blame for Clint Dempsey’s last-minute equaliser, pointing out that the United dressing room in general may be unhappy with him.
Personally I think the constant media ridicule of De Gea by both ex-Reds and others is both harsh and unnecessary, hopefully Sir Alex Ferguson or the young keeper himself will take no notice of it.
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