On Monday night, Gary Neville went in to great detail to explain why David de Gea was at fault for conceding Spurs’ late equaliser against United. Neville even showed a slow motion replay of the “five or six second stare” that Nemanja Vidic gave De Gea after the goal went in.
Whilst most people would agree that Neville is an excellent pundit, who fans of all teams (including City and Liverpool!) begrudgingly agree with, whether praising or criticising their players, because he usually hits the nail on the head.
I reckon Edwin Van der Sar or Peter Schmeichel would have flattened the players in front of them to make sure they thumped the danger clear, whilst De Gea took a feeble swipe at the ball. His lack of strength and ability to own the penalty area is definitely a weakness of De Gea’s, but as Schmeichel correctly pointed out after the game: “if De Gea had not played the way he did we would have lost 4-1.”
So whilst De Gea didn’t do well enough, there’s no way he should be left the shoulder all the blame. The way Vidic went in to him, a freekick would have been awarded to United if he was a Spurs player! And let’s not forget that it was Rafael who let the cross come in after being caught out of position.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been asked what he thinks of the criticism that De Gea has received since Sunday.
“I’ve got nothing to say about David de Gea. You have to listen to some idiots in this game.” Ouch.