Paul Scholes’ considerations about David de Gea’s capability with the ball at his toes proved justified on Thursday night as Sevilla took benefit of the Spaniard’s poor performances. If the Manchester United goalkeeper’s disastrous performances put a maintain on a contract extension and Erik ten Haag decides a change is required, it won’t go down too nicely with De Gea’s good pal Casemiro.
The Purple Devils not solely gained the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final towards Sevilla, but in addition gave up a two-goal lead within the first leg. With the tie balanced at 2–2, De Gea performed a component in each Sevilla aim on Thursday night time as United had been knocked out of the competitors with a 5–2 combination defeat.
His inefficiency in possession first got here to the fore when he handed to a poorly positioned Harry Maguire, who gave the ball away beneath strain and allowed Youssef An-Nesri to place the hosts in entrance.
De Gea froze when Loic Bede’s header looped previous him and into the second half, whereas his calamitous first contact offered An-Nesri together with his second aim of the night time within the final 10 minutes.
Scholes already knew De Gea was able to such performances, regardless that he favored the 32-year-old’s potential as a shot-stopper. “He is been a implausible goalkeeper for a very long time,” he advised BT Sport earlier this month. “Just a few years in the past there have been rumors that he was going to Actual Madrid and it did not occur.
“I feel the one weak spot is together with his toes, he isn’t an awesome footballer and I feel that’s what the supervisor needs. However however, how are you going to substitute a goalkeeper of this high quality? For me, clear sheets are probably the most are vital factor, however in fashionable soccer, they need a goalkeeper who performs soccer.”
De Gea’s profitable contract is because of expire on the finish of the season, and whereas United have the choice of extending it for an additional yr, they’ve but to take action. Nevertheless, stories point out that the 2 sides are nearing a brand new deal that can see the Spain worldwide stay within the Premier League on a decreased wage.
Time will inform whether or not Thursday night time’s efficiency prompts the Purple Devils to make a U-turn and get De Gea out the door when his present deal expires. Doing so is not going to go down nicely with Casemiro, who has solid a well-publicised friendship with the previous Atletico Madrid star since arriving at Outdated Trafford.
It was solely final week that De Gea revealed his ‘love’ for the Brazilian after receiving a message within the dressing room. Casemiro had written a word on one among her autograph playing cards, translated from Spanish, which learn: “I really like you d******d.”
De Gea posted it on Instagram and replied: “Love you too bro.” Casemiro was one of many gamers to undergo within the Europa League conflict towards Sevilla, lacking a move that led to a different aim, solely to have it disallowed for offside.