Manchester United’s chances of securing Champions League football for next season look all but over following their 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
Another calamitous error from David de Gea allowed his compatriot Marcos Alonso to equalise after Juan Mata had given the home side the lead, and the 28-year-old has since come in for some heavy criticism.
A former Arsenal player, however, has leapt to de Gea’s defence and has called for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not to drop the Spain international.
“David de Gea has been magnificent over the last few seasons,” Ray Parlour told talkSPORT.
“There has been many, many occasions where he has saved Manchester United. Go back to the Spurs game at Wembley – what a performance. He kept United in that game and obviously they won in the end, and it was because of De Gea.
“I don’t think they should rest him. He’s massive for Manchester United and they’ve got to keep him.”
As Parlour has pointed out, Manchester United have to keep de Gea amid rumours the club could be about to make a big-money move for Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak (ESPN).
He has been the best goalkeeper in world football for the last few seasons now and is just going through a difficult moment, which happens.
That being said, Solskjaer should still consider dropping him for Manchester United’s last two fixtures of the campaign.
Albeit unlikely, the Old Trafford outfit can still qualify for next season’s Champions League. But if they are to have any chance of doing that, then they cannot afford any more slip-ups between the sticks.
Furthermore, Solskjaer would be wise to take de Gea out of the firing line and give Sergio Romero some deserved minutes.
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