During United’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland at the weekend, fans were audibly frustrated when Jonny Evans passed the ball back to David de Gea in the first half.
United had just had a corner and passed the ball back to Daley Blind on the half-way line, which was frustrating enough. It was even more frustrating when he then passed back to Evans deep in to our half. When he then made the decision to go back to the keeper, the fans were beside themselves. There were loud boos followed by chants of “Attack! Attack! Attack, Attack Attack!”. Minutes later, he did the same thing again!
Louis van Gaal has claimed he understands the frustration of the fans and says we shouldn’t have to use De Gea as much as we do.
I agree with the fans that we don’t have to use the goalkeeper so much, but the goalkeeper is the 11th player for us. He can accelerate our game and sometimes the solution to play forward is via De Gea. That [can sometimes provide] a higher tempo than playing the ball to the player next to you. What I think we can still improve is [reducing] our unnecessary ball losses, because our opponent is not capable, normally, to score when there are long [periods of] ball possession against [them]. When we can avoid too many ball losses unnecessarily, we can make a big step.