Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that he has no plans to drop struggling goalkeeper David de Gea.
De Gea has been a shadow of his former all-conquering self this season. He has made a number of shocking mistakes which has added fuel to the rumours suggesting he wants to leave the club in the summer.
String of howlers
De Gea’s latest errors came in United’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City. The Spaniard first allowed Bernardo Silva’s strike to beat him at the near post. He then failed to save Leroy Sane’s effort, which was directed straight at him, resulting in yet another United defeat.
The keeper was also at fault for a couple of the goals United conceded against Barcelona. This is a clear indication that his mind is not on the task at hand.
Backing from the manager
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed the under-fire keeper. The Norwegian also went on to explain that De Gea will not be dropped for the game against Chelsea this week.
“No. Not at all. I trust David and he’s for me been the best player United have had last six or seven years.
“He has been absolutely outstanding and going through tough patches is part of a footballer’s career. David will be fine, no worries.”
Solskjaer’s words do have a ring of truth to them. De Gea has been, by far, United’s best player these past few years. In fact, he’s won the club’s Player of the Year award four times in the last five seasons, which is a testament to his consistency.
However, it does appear that his head has been turned by rumours linking him with a move to Madrid. De Gea has been unwilling to put pen to paper on a new deal at United and it remains to be seen what the future has in store for the Spaniard.