Manchester United: David de Gea’s performances cause for concern, says Danny Murphy

Manchester United: David de Gea’s performances cause for concern, says Danny Murphy

‘It’s happening too often’ – TalkSPORT pundit has concerns over this Manchester United player

Former Premier League footballer Danny Murphy has raised concerns over David de Gea after the United goalkeeper conceded Patrick van Aanholt’s late winner at the weekend as Crystal Palace snatched an unlikely victory at Old Trafford.

Palace had led for a large part of the game on Saturday afternoon, though it looked as if United were about to steal a point after Daniel James’ 89th-minute equaliser levelled the scores, before van Aanholt rifled a shot through the body of the Spanish ‘keeper in injury time.

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Murphy feels that not only should de Gea have done better to stop the Dutchman’s effort, but the number of errors on the goalkeeper’s part are becoming an area of increasing concern for Manchester United.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, he said: “The worrying thing for United is that de Gea, again, should’ve saved the winner comfortably. Another mistake – it’s happening too often. We know how good he can be, but there’s something not right.”

It may not be totally surprising for de Gea to be making errors these days – with the United shot-stopper ranking second on a list dominated by goalkeepers of errors leading to goals last season.

While his futile efforts to repel van Aanholt’s last-gasp shot at the weekend have not officially gone down as a goalkeeping mistake, it is clear by those that have been attributed to de Gea’s name and by Murphy’s worries that errors are by no means a new feature to the Spaniard’s game.

Although, it could be argued that goalkeepers are more prone to critical errors due to their position – it is hardly a coincidence that eight of the top nine culprits in that area last season are stationed between the sticks.

And considering Murphy went on to criticise other aspects of the United squad in his evaluation of the current state of the team, perhaps their recent results, penalty-taking abilities and their quest to return to Champions League football are more pressing concerns that should absolve their four-time Player of the Year from being singled out for his performance at the weekend.

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