‘He isn’t the best footballer’: Paul Scholes slams the skills of Manchester United star after ‘strange’ performance in the Red Devils’ Europa League victory over Real Betis
- Paul Scholes has claimed goalkeeper David de Gea ‘isn’t the best footballer’
- Manchester United defeated Real Betis 4-1 in the Europa League on Thursday
- The goalkeeper appeared to give the ball away in his box with a ‘strange’ pass
Paul Scholes has claimed that David de Gea ‘isn’t the best footballer’ after the goalkeeper gave the ball away in ‘strange’ circumstances during Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Real Betis.
Erik ten Hag’s side produced a professional display to defeat the LaLiga outfit 4-1 at Old Trafford on Thursday night, a much needed result following their devastating 7-0 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday.
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for the Red Devils, before Ayoze Perez levelled with pin-point accuracy, spelling a shaky end to the first half for the home side.
It also saw a moment of madness from De Gea, who in receiving the ball, fired a pass straight to the feet of Betis winger Juamni, who found Perez inside the box.
The former Newcastle forward turned to strike a dangerous cross through to several oncoming attackers, but Bruno Fernandes managed to take the sting out of the shot getting across just in time to block aerially, giving United enough time to clear it away.
Paul Scholes (right) says David de Gea (left) ‘isn’t the best footballer’ after 4-1 win vs Real Betis
It was a clumsy error that could have seen United go 2-1 down and on review, Scholes said to BT Sport: ‘David isn’t the best footballer let me put it that way. Very strange pass.’
Despite recent form, he has remained Erik ten Hag’s (left) first-choice goalkeeper this season
De Gea was criticised by ex-Man Utd captain Roy Keane following their 7-0 defeat by Liverpool
But it wasn’t the best performance for the Spanish goalkeeper, whose distribution left a lot to be desired, giving the ball away multiple times throughout the game, while also pumping it into touch.
The 32-year-old equaled Peter Schmeichel’s record of 180 clean sheets for the club during their 3-0 win against Leicester back in February and was awarded with a trophy on the pitch ahead of their FA Cup triumph against West Ham.
De Gea has started all of United’s Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup games this season and currently sits fourth in the Premier League’s clean sheet tally, having kept 10 in the league this season.
The goalkeeper had previously received an award for equaling the club’s clean sheet record
But the Spaniard has failed to keep a clean sheet in his last three games for the club
But the United No 1 has not kept a shut out since their win against Leicester, and was slammed by former United captain, Roy Keane, for his performance letting in seven goals during their capitulation against Liverpool.
‘I wonder if De Gea will get a presentation tonight, letting seven goals in,’ Keane said in reference to the trophy presentation.
‘If you’re an international goalkeeper and you let in seven goals, that last goal was school boy stuff.’
Alongside Luke Shaw, the goalkeeper apologized for his side’s performance against Liverpool earlier this week, calling the game a ‘disastrous moment.’
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