Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still believes David de Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world despite his disaster clearance that led to Everton’s opener, today at Goodison Park.
De Gea took too long to pick a pass in the third minute and Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin closed him down, and the ball flew into the net.
The Spaniard recovered quickly though, when Calvert-Lewin found himself in a goalscoring position two minutes later, and he saved again in stoppage time to prevent Gylifi Sigurdsson.
Former United captain Roy Keane suggested he would have given De Gea the hairdryer treatment at half-time, whilst analysing the game for Sky Sports. There is pressure coming from Sheffield United where Dean Henderson is on loan, and De Gea really needs to take these blunders out of his game if he’s to remain number 1.
Henderson could return to compete with De Gea for the first choice place next season.
“We want the best possible squad for Man United and Dean’s our player,” Solskjaer said (via Manchester Evening News) the 1-1 draw against Everton. “He’s doing really well at the moment, and the day he comes back he’s obviously fighting to play here as well.
“But David’s shown his reaction, the way he made amends and saved Sigurdsson’s goal, or chance, at the end. David’s the best goalkeeper in the world, Dean is a very good challenger and then Sergio [Romero]’s a decent challenger as well.
“We want a squad full of quality and with competition and if you want to survive at the top you need to bounce off competitions from right, left and centre.
“He went through a difficult patch last season, definitely, but David’s been very, very good this season. I can’t really remember any errors I’d go to now, apart from Watford one (Ismaila Sarr’s goal). I trust David 100 per cent in the goal.”
Bruno Fernandes scored before the break to ease matters for De Gea.
It was observed by many at the game how De Gea appeared stuck to his line for corners today.
Perhaps there was a knock to his confidence after the mistake.