Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel defends De Gea, ahead of Sunday clash

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Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, has come to the defence of David De Gea, following the barrage of criticisms hurled the way of the Manchester United number one in recent weeks.

De Gea has been heavily slammed for being too prone to error of late, and many believe the best thing for the club for now, is to recall Dean Henderson from Sheffield United, to replace him.

However, speaking recently to Sky Sports, Schmeichel called for his Spanish colleague to be cut some slack, judging by his track record, and warned critics the job of a goalkeeper isn’t as easy as pundits make it seem.

He said: “It can be very difficult and you’ve got to remember, and this is with absolutely no disrespect to journalists or pundits, but you’ve actually never stood in that goal.

“You would classify things as mistakes or errors, and there are things that are glaring sometimes, but often this narrative can be created around a goalkeeper because it’s the pundits and journalists’ job to educate and that’s their job.

“They’re telling their educated opinions about goalkeeping, things like hand positions, feet positions, technical things which sometimes is quite damaging to a goalkeeper.

“You hear comments like, ‘going with the wrong hand’, or other throw away things that they’ll say which will make the consumer or viewer think, ‘oh yeah, that’s right, I see he’s done it again’.

“That’s sometimes quite a dangerous narrative because all of a sudden it starts building momentum and for someone like David, I really feel for him because he has been unbelievable for so many years and every goalkeeper goes through periods [of poor form].”

De Gea and Schmeichel face each other on Sunday, when we take on a weakened Leicester City side, for a chance to seal our place in the UEFA Champions League next season.