Legendary goal scorer and ex Arsenal forward Ian Wright has called upon the Manchester United Manager to drop David De Gea.
De Gea, who has in previous seasons been United’s best player is going through a poor run of form and lately his clangers against Barcelona, Manchester City and recently Chelsea have cost the Red Devils dearly.
Solskjaer has strongly defended any criticism that has been directed towards De Gea but his clanger against Chelsea that cost the club all three points could now prevent United progressing into the elite top 4 position and a potential Champions League spot.
Ian Wright now believes the time has come for Solskjaer to show leadership and strength by bringing in the Argentinian number two Sergio Romero for the final two games of the season.
Wright has said;
“If he [Solskjaer] really wants to stamp his mark and let people know he isn’t afraid to make decisions; he should take him out.
“If the manager explains everything and tells him face to face why he’s leaving him out and giving him a break, that’s man-management – and that’s what Solskjaer has to do”.
With only two games left of the season it might not be the best of times to make a change in the goalkeeping department and it might be best for Solskjaer to show faith in the Spaniard so that he can rectify the mistakes made in the recent past. De Gea is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and unfortunately at times good players do make mistakes. This may be the feeling of the manager Solskjaer when pressed about concerns on De Gea lack in form.
According to the Manchester Evening News Solskjaer says;
“No I don’t really because I know David,
“When you’re a goalkeeper or a striker you’re always in the spotlight and any time you miss a chance or score you get good or bad headlines, it’s the same with David, he’s been in the spotlight for right reasons for so long and now he’s going through a period where he feels he could have done better.
“But, no, I don’t have any worries about him, because he’s a strong character. There’s many different ways of getting back to your best performances and, of course I’ll sit down and speak to David, as I’ve done when he’s played well, and he’s not the reason we’re sixth.
“He’s got two great keepers underneath him in Sergio and Lee [Grant]. Fantastic atmosphere between them and Sergio’s played well every time he’s played. Lee’s fantastic in training, they keep pushing each other.
“You cannot say there’s any complacency, David is not the type to be complacent, he’s a competitor, he wants to be the best and, for whatever reason, whenever I didn’t score a goal my confidence dropped if I missed some chances and David knows he could have done better with the goal, there’s no reason hiding that.
“But there’s no chance any of us will point fingers because he’s saved us so many times.”
It is true that form in recent seasons has been simply breath taking. A United goal keeper would not usually be tested to the amount he has been in recent years and only now are we seeing certain vulnerabilities creeping into his game. In hard times it may be easy to throw under the bus but surely a strong manager will show faith and keep him in goal.