David de Gea has been criticised after the Manchester United goalkeeper produced another disappointing display for Spain in a 1-0 loss to Ukraine in the Nations League.
According to ESPN, his performance between the posts has raised more questions over his reliability ahead of the Euros next summer. But Spain boss Luis Enrique leapt to his defence despite his costly mistake.
He said: “We could all do more, me first of all. When you get a cake you share it, and when you get a plate of food that’s going bad, you share that too. We all could have done more, but in a game like this, if you blame De Gea, let’s finish up and go home.”
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces arguably one of the toughest decisions of his managerial career so far.
Let’s face it, Solskjaer isn’t exactly short of options. In fact, far from it, he almost has too many to choose from, as Dean Henderson, Lee Grant and Sergio Romero remain on their books.
But the United club legend has continued to defend the 29-year-old from constant criticism, which is almost becoming embarrassing at this point when he makes so many mistakes.
One thing is for sure, this can’t go on forever. Per SofaScore, the 43-cap Spanish international failed to make a single punch or save all game against Ukraine, whilst he only made one clearance as well. The only saving grace is the fact that he managed to record a pass accuracy rating of 100%, but it’s safe to say that this is papering over the cracks at this point and he was given a meagre 6.3 match rating.
Henderson kept 13 clean sheets in 36 Premier League games last season, which was the same amount as De Gea, who conceded three more goals. The 23-year-old also saved one out of three penalties and only made one error leading to a goal, via SofaScore.
It’s about time Solskjaer put his pride to one side and finally admitted defeat. At best, De Gea has looked past his peak for a while now. And it’s hardly fair at all on Henderson, having signed a new contract with the club until 2025.
With a trip away to Newcastle United awaiting them after the international break, there is surely no time like the present for the Red Devils to ring several changes.