Manchester United news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be ‘brave’ and drop David de Gea, says Sam Allardyce on talkSPORT
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to be ‘brave’ and drop David de Gea from the first-team after the goalkeeper’s recent blunders.
Sam Allardyce believes giving the Spaniard a break would be in the best interest of the team and the player himself, to regain his confidence after an uncharacteristic shaky spell.
De Gea has faced criticism after making three errors which have led directly to goals in his last four game, against Barcelona, Manchester City and most recently Chelsea, although he still has Solskjaer’s backing.
The goalkeeper’s long-term future at the club is uncertain. United are eager to tie the 28-year-old down to a new contract, with his current deal set to expire in 2020, so dropping him from the team may not be seen as a viable option for the club’s hierarchy if they want to keep him happy.
But Allardyce believes it’s the best decision for the team and has challenged Solskjaer to make the right call.
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“I’d take him [De Gea] out for his own benefit,” said Big Sam on Tuesday’s Sports Breakfast.
“When a goalkeeper’s confidence is shot, then enough is enough. You have to be brave as a manager, sit the player down and explain the reasons why you’re going to give him a break, so he can get his confidence back.
“They’ve got a fantastic second goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, who is outstanding and more than capable of stepping in and doing a fantastic job.
“If Solskjaer persists to put De Gea in goal and he makes another mistake, it becomes the manager’s fault.
“I’ve done it a few times – I had to leave out Jussi Jaaskelainen at Bolton many years ago when he was struggling a little bit, one or two shots were going in far too easily and I had to put Kevin Poole in, he was 38 at the time which was a big risk for me, but Jussi had a couple of games out, then came back and was fine again.
“It was a big one. It’s a decision a manager doesn’t want to make, but it’s why you’re the manager. You’ve got to be brave and you’ve got to say this is the right thing to do for the team.
“Manchester United ahve got to find the right solution, because De Gea going to get his confidence back and he’s going to be just as good a goalkeeper as he was before.
“But if you continue to let him makes those mistakes, it becomes your fault as a manager for not taking action and leaving him in the side.”
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