Schmeichel defends De Gea

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Spaniard De Gea faced criticism after gifting Everton a third-minute lead in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park Sunday when he dawdled on the ball and his attempt to clear was charged down by Calvert-Lewin and went in off the striker

Manchester United have a way to go before they need to think about replacing David De Gea as first-choice goalkeeper, club great and former captain Peter Schmeichel said Tuesday.

Spaniard De Gea faced criticism after gifting Everton a third-minute lead in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park Sunday when he dawdled on the ball and his attempt to clear was charged down by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and went in off the striker.

Immediately after the match, Schmeichel had said the Spain international needed better concentration.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, an old team mate of Schmeichel’s, was asked after the Everton match whether De Gea, 29, might face a challenge next season from Dean Henderson.

Henderson, 22, is on loan from United at Premier League rival Sheffield United where he is having an excellent season. 

7 – David De Gea has made seven errors leading directly to an opposition goal in the Premier League since the start of last season, the joint-most alongside Martin Dubravka and Bernd Leno. Shocker. pic.twitter.com/WNoCTxhxds

The Blades are currently eighth in the league.

The Dane was, as was to be expected, supportive of Solskjaer’s efforts to revive United fortunes and the sort of success the club enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson.

United are fifth overall, three points behind Chelsea, and Schmeichel said if they could “sneak” fourth place it would be a fantastic season.

Schmeichel said Solskjaer was right to introduce younger players and work towards changing the culture of the dressing room.

The Norwegian was appointed permanent manager in March 2019 after the departure of Jose Mourinho, who himself followed Louis van Gaal.