‘He’s made too many mistakes at that level’: De Gea now under attack from another Premier League stalwart as Mark Schwarzer wades in after Roy Keane rant… so much for the keepers’ union!
- David de Gea’s form has come under scrutiny after an error against Tottenham
- Roy Keane issued a scathing verdict, saying he would be ‘swinging’ for De Gea
- Now, ex-Premier League goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has criticised the Spaniard
Roy Keane’s scathing assessment of David de Gea’s goalkeeping credentials may have divided opinion but former Premier League goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says questions need to be asked about the Spaniard.
De Gea allowed Steven Bergwijn’s shot to squirm through his grasp for Tottenham’s goal against United on Friday, before a Bruno Fernandes penalty salvaged a point.
Schwarzer, speaking to 5live, offered a more measured assessment than Keane’s fury but said that the Spaniard will be under pressure for his place in the team once Dean Henderson returns from his loan at Sheffield United.
David De Gea is under intensifying criticism after an error in Man United’s draw at Tottenham
Steven Bergwijn gave the hosts the lead with a shot that De Gea would expect to save
Mark Schwarzer said that United No 1 De Gea’s form has been shaky in the last 18 months
‘Over the past 18 months David de Gea has made a considerable amount of mistakes and that’s not expected from a keeper at that level,’ said Schwarzer, who enjoyed an established Premier League career with Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea and Leicester.
‘For a top, world-class keeper, the maximum number of mistakes leading to a goal shouldn’t be more than two a season and he’s clearly made more than that.
‘It will come to a head, when you’ve got Dean Henderson playing so well at Sheffield United and he’s made it clear he won’t sit on the bench.
‘Is Henderson good enough to take the number one shirt at United? He has the potential.’
Henderson has been an ever-present for Sheffield United, who have a chance to overtake Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s men if they defeat Newcastle on Sunday.
But United’s immediate concern will be to restore some confidence in De Gea, who along with Harry Maguire was on the end of an extraordinary outburst from Keane on Sky Sports.
Keane said De Gea, Maguire and Shaw should not be allowed on the team bus after the game
Keane said that he considers De Gea to be ‘overrated’ and that he is ‘sick’ of him
Dean Henderson, on loan at Sheffield United, could challenge De Gea for his No 1 spot
‘I’m sick to death of this goalkeeper,’ Keane said. ‘I would be fighting him at half time, I would be swinging punches. This is an established international goalkeeper.
‘You’ve got to impose your personality on the game. Maguire and De Gea, I wouldn’t let them on the bus after the match. Shocking. I’m disgusted with it. Maguire, De Gea you should hang your heads in shame.
‘De Gea is the most overrated goalkeeper I’ve seen in a long, long time.’
Henderson, meanwhile, continues to earn plaudits for the level of his displays at Sheffield United, where he has been on loan for the season.
Blades manager Chris Wilder has previously spoken of his desire to keep Henderson at Brammal Lane for another season but has stated his belief that the stopper can become United’s No 1 in the future.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended David de Gea after the Spaniard’s shocker against Tottenham
United rescued a point against Tottenham thanks to a Bruno Fernandes penalty
Solskjaer defended De Gea when he learned about Keane’s comments.
‘Roy was a fantastic midfielder, he’s a good friend of mine,’ said the United manager. ‘I’m not sure he would have stopped it either, but that’s not that point.
‘David is a disappointed obviously with it but the ball was moving through the air.
‘We reacted well and he had a good save about five minutes after. When he saved that at least we were in the game until half-time.’
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