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Manchester United: Chris Sutton says Jordan Pickford not a suitable David de Gea replacement

Chris Sutton has claimed that Jordan Pickford isn’t good enough to replace David de Gea as goalkeeper for Manchester United despite recent transfer links.

What’s the word?

Over the weekend, the Red Devils fell to defeat in the most dramatic fashion as they met Arsenal in a thrilling encounter at the Emirates stadium.

Marcus Rashford put United ahead before goals from Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka turned the Premier League game around. However, Lisandro Martinez looked to have netted a vital equaliser but Nketiah went on to win the game for the Gunners with a last-minute goal.

While De Gea didn’t necessarily have an awful game, question marks have long existed about his suitability to play under Erik ten Hag due to his lack of ability with the ball at his feet.

While hosting the BBC phone-in radio show 606, one caller suggested that Everton goalkeeper Pickford could be a better option between the sticks.

In response, Sutton said: “I’m not totally convinced with De Gea, but I’m not so sure that Jordan Pickford is necessarily the answer.

“I don’t think he ever lets England down, but I think that he hasn’t had an unbelievable season with Everton.”

Who do you prefer?

David De Gea

David De Gea

Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford

Wrong man for the job?

As per SofaScore, De Gea failed to shine against the Gunners with a 6.2 match rating as he completed just 67% of his passes, and found the target with five of 16 attempted long balls.

With that in mind, it’s easy to see why the club might be looking to upgrade in that position and Pickford’s name has certainly been linked in the media of late.

Indeed, this winter, The Sun has claimed that both United and Tottenham Hotspur are keen on the England international but it remains to be seen if any formal approach will be made.

As per WhoScored, Pickford has an average performance rating of 6.80 per game in the league this term, while De Gea is down at 6.63. However, the Spaniard actually has a slightly better pass success percentage – though that may be down to the style of play difference between the two clubs.

Either way, while it may be time to move on from De Gea, it’s not really clear that Pickford would be a massive upgrade and so it feels as though United will probably explore some alternative options before chasing the Everton player just yet.

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