In the wake of criticism from a Red Devils legend, A former Old Trafford favourite has jumped into the defence of the Spanish shot-stopper.
After the Manchester United goalkeeper’s horrendous error against Everton, insisting there is a “very fine line between arrogance and confidence”, Mark Bosnich has come to the rescue of David de Gea.
As they were held to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park by the Toffees, United’s top-four bid was dealt another significant blow on Sunday.
The Spanish shot-stopper was guilty of gifting the home side the lead in the third minute of the game his clearance rebounded off the onrushing Dominic Calvert-Lewin and into the back of the net.
Manchester United’s new signing Bruno Fernandes equaliser bailed Manchester United out of jail. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils failed to seal the chance to move up the table and close down the gap to the fourth-placed Chelsea.
Roy Keane, Ex-United midfielder who covered the game as a pundit for Sky Sports, claimed he would have “lynched”, while insisting that the Spain number one had “no excuses” for such a glaring error, at half-time if he was in charge,
Bosnich thinks De Gea responded “very well” to the mistake by making a string of important saves in the second period and does not believe that an old team-mate is in the position to “make that type of call”,
The former Manchester United goalkeeper told Sky Sports News:
“It wasn’t a good error but in terms of being arrogant, unless you know the person 100 per cent I don’t really think you can make that type of call,”
“In terms of the goalkeeping position, there’s a very fine line between arrogance and confidence. Yes, it was a poor mistake but he came back from it very well to be fair.”
Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Bosnich was delighted to see the United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stand up for team’s shot-stopper and prized asset and he added:
“That’s what good managers do, they stick up for players publicly. Privately it may have been different but publicly they stick up for all their players.”
Before preparations for Manchester City‘s arrival at Old Trafford get underway, The Red Devils must now look ahead to an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Derby County on Thursday.
The reigning English champions who have stormed 22 points clear at the Premier League summit, look destined to lose their crown to Liverpool, but by beating Aston Villa at Wembley they did secure a third successive Carabao Cup triumph on Sunday
With Bosnich of the opinion that their domestic struggles should not detract from a potentially “fantastic season”, Manchester City can also still win the Champions League and the FA Cup.
“I think it would be a fantastic season if they end up getting three trophies. Any season where you win the Champions League is fantastic, but if they added to that the FA Cup along with their League Cup triumph yesterday, it would be an absolutely fantastic season.
“Has it been disappointing in the league? Of course it has but [Sir] Alex Ferguson used to say ‘to win one trophy is a good season. To win three is a fantastic season.”