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Paul Scholes identifies David de Gea as a 'real problem' for Man Utd

Feb 22, 2021, 12:00 PM GMT
Paul Scholes is not one to hold back on his words
Paul Scholes is not one to hold back on his words | Michael Regan/Getty Images
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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has identified the club's current first choice goalkeeper David de Gea as a "real problem" following a series of errors in recent months.

Speaking during half-time of the club's 3-1 victory over Newcastle on Sunday evening - shortly after the Spaniard had failed to keep out a shot from Alain Saint-Maximin - the 46-year-old discussed De Gea's performance in detail and highlighted that United's defenders may no longer have confidence in the man behind them.

Scholes highlighted the goalkeeper when discussing a number of clips from the first period, saying on BT Sport: "David [de Gea] again, so sloppy, it's becoming a real problem, having the confidence in your goalkeeper.

David de Gea has conceded 29 goals in the Premier League this season
David de Gea has conceded 29 goals in the Premier League this season | Pool/Getty Images

"And short corners, United had one out for two or three corners, this is the one where David again, can you catch that?

"He punches it into a really bad area, luckily the shot comes right next to him and he should save it."

He went on to discuss Newcastle's equalising goal, scored by Saint-Maximin and claimed the 30-year-old stopper should have done better.

"And [Saint] Maximin here, I think he hits it into the ground, I think that slows it down a little bit, sends it on a bit of a loop, and again the goalkeeper. I think the goalkeeper should save that."

Saint-Maximin hit the equaliser for Newcastle on Sunday
Saint-Maximin hit the equaliser for Newcastle on Sunday | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

The Spaniard has managed just eight clean sheets in 23 Premier League appearances so far this season and it's fair to say his performances of late haven't been as inspiring as they once were.

De Gea's ability to make vital stops over the years has often earned United points but based on Scholes' comments, it seems he feels the former Atletico Madrid man has become more of a liability than a match-winner.

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