Former Manchester United player Paul Ince has claimed that goalie David de Gea’s errors are down to complacency and a complete lack of competition for the No.1 shirt.
The Spaniard was error-prone in our 3-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea on Sunday.
Red Devils legend Ince suggests the 29-year-old’s form has dipped due to him not having any competition as No.1, but believes Dean Henderson’s return to Old Trafford could help challenge the Spanish shot-stopper to regain his form.
“Any mistake you make, as a goalkeeper, will always be magnified,” Ince told Paddy Power. “We know that, but what we’re seeing from David de Gea at the minute are basic, schoolboy errors
“They are errors that someone on his wage and at his level simply should not be making – and it’s not for the first time, too.
“If you go and look at the season, there has been several absolutely horrendous mistakes that just shouldn’t be happening.
“When you make mistakes like that, you have to come out in the next couple of games and stand up and be counted – to nullify that criticism – but it seems like he isn’t capable of doing that at the moment.
“My feeling is that De Gea doesn’t have enough, or any, competition. He is totally complacent.
“Sergio Romero only plays once in a blue moon. But, Dean Henderson is waiting in the wings, and the manager needs to create a bit of a challenge and competition at the club.
“Right now, De Gea knows there’s no challenger to him and that he will be the first name on the team sheet.
“As a player, if you think you’re going to play every game, it leads to complacency. The situation we’re in at the minute is he keeps making terrible mistakes and keeps getting picked, so you can’t really blame him for not learning.
“For me, Dean Henderson would be the answer. He’s playing well, getting game time and it’s something which Ole needs to look at.
“He needs to give De Gea that challenge and drive, and this lad could be the answer.”