David de Gea’s Manchester United form more than just a blip, says Gary Neville. “When it goes over two years it becomes more permanent.”
Gary Neville believes David de Gea’s drop in form is more serious than just a blip. He has urged the goalkeeper to go “back to basics”.
De Gea had the finger of blame pointed in his direction for Tottenham’s opening goal in the 1-1 with Manchester United on Friday night.
The mistake drew some strong criticism from Sky Sports’ Roy Keane – and the pundit had also labelled the goalkeeper arrogant after United’s 1-1 draw with Everton in March.
The numbers do not make good reading as De Gea has now made seven errors leading to opposition goals since the start of last season – the joint-most among Premier League players.
“He was the one player United could rely upon for the last four years but he’s not the same,” he said on the Gary Neville Podcast.
“He hasn’t been the same for some time. When form drops for six months, it’s a blip. But when it goes on for a year you start to worry. When it goes over two years it becomes more permanent.”
“The reception he’s got in Spain has affected him. He’s even been booed by Spanish fans when he’s wearing the Spanish shirt.”
“In the World Cup in 2018 he really struggled and from that he’s doubted himself. Mentally he’s not quite the same.”
Credit: Sky Sports