David De Gea has not been at his best for Manchester United this season and another costly mistake once again cost the Red Devils all 3 points as he allowed a shot from Tottenham midfielder Steven Bergwijn to squirm in. Once considered the best goalkeeper in the game, the 29-year-old’s recent performances have led many to question his place as United’s number 1.
After the 29-year-old’s error against Tottenham, former United captain Roy Keane went an an astonishing rant branding the Spaniard ‘overrated’. Now, Gary Neville has chipped in as well saying that the Spanish international has not been at his best since the 2018 World Cup.
“De Gea was the one player United could rely upon for the last four years but he is not the same,” he said on the Gary Neville Podcast.
“He hasn’t been the same for some time. When form drops for six months it’s a blip but when it goes on for a year you start to worry. When it goes over two years it becomes more permanent.
“That is now a fair representation of what De Gea is as he’s making lots of mistakes. Ones he would never make – he was always somebody you could completely rely upon.
“The reception he’s got in Spain has affected him. He’s even been booed by Spanish fans when he’s wearing the Spanish shirt.
“In the World Cup in 2018 he really struggled and from that he’s doubted himself.”
With on-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson performing admirably for Sheffield United this season, it will be interesting to see if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keeps faith in De Gea next season.