X

Wednesday 29
January

Manchester United

De Gea in danger of losing Spanish number one shirt for good

26th August 2019, 17:35

David de Gea's latest performances for Manchester United have left him vulnerable to losing his status as Spain's number one to Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The 28-year-old was beaten at his near post by Patrick van Aanholt’s stoppage-time strike on Saturday as Crystal Palace clinched their first-ever Premier League win over Manchester United.

And it’s a goal he will have been very unhappy about conceding.

The former Atletico Madrid custodian was left exposed for Palace’s first goal of the game and won’t carry any blame and didn’t cop any flak after conceding Ruben Neves’ spectacular effort in last week’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

But three games into the season, De Gea is starting to show signs of the flagging form that contributed to United’s diabolical end to last season.

United didn’t keep a clean sheet in any of the their final 11 Premier league matches of 2018-19 and De Gea’s tally of just seven blanks for the season was significantly down on the 18 he managed the season before – which earned him the league’s ‘Golden Glove’ award.

Uncharacteristically, the keeper made four errors which led directly to a goal last term – one of which came in a crucial derby clash with Manchester City in April.

And with Kepa breathing down his neck, how Spain coach Robert Moreno chooses to deploy his goalkeepers in next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers suddenly becomes more of a debate.

Moreno has already stated he will be showing no favouritism, with neither player guaranteed a starting spot under him for the September double header against Romania and Faroe Islands.

“My goalkeepers are De Gea, Kepa and [Roma’s] Pau Lopez,” Moreno told radio station Cadena SER.

“I like that there is competition. Kepa is not ahead of De Gea, and neither is ahead of Pau.

“I want to get to the Euros with three goalkeepers who are ready to compete. They are all playing at a high level and there are nuances and differences between them. All three have good footwork.

“At Barca, we won the treble alternating goalkeepers.”

class="body">

Current Chelsea number one Kepa has started each of the national team’s three matches since former head coach Luis Enrique handed the reins to his long-time assistant in March.

De Gea had previously owned the position, but a poor World Cup weakened his standing in his home country and recent displays are unlikely to have restored his former reputation as one of the best in the world.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

More Manchester United

Manchester United

Manchester United make big breakthrough with midfielder deal now close

29th January 2020, 04:59

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Bruno Fernandes after a significant breakthrough was made in talks with Sporting Lisbon.

Manchester United

Solskjaer confirms plan to bring Sanchez back

28th January 2020, 12:12

Alexis Sanchez will return to Manchester United in the summer and be reintegrated into the squad, according to boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Manchester United

Shaw to make way for new faces at Old Trafford?

28th January 2020, 10:47

Luke Shaw could be an unexpected casualty of another planned clear out this summer by Manchester United, according to club insiders.

Manchester United

Rooney on course for Man Utd FA Cup reunion

27th January 2020, 21:23

Manchester United have been drawn to face either Derby or Northampton in the FA Cup fifth round, which could see Wayne Rooney come up against his former club.

Manchester United

On this day: Edwin’s excellence sends records tumbling

27th January 2020, 17:27

On This Day in 2009, Manchester United's Edwin van der Sar set a new Premier League record for minutes without conceding, making it to 1,032 at West Brom.

Manchester United

United warned of Sporting’s mystery rival Fernandes bid expectation

27th January 2020, 16:40

Manchester United appear no closer to signing Bruno Fernandes, who is expected to captain Sporting Lisbon on Monday in their Primeira Liga clash with Maritimo.

Recent Sport Headlines

Rangers

McAllister refusing to panic and backs Rangers to respond

29th January 2020, 05:29

Gary McAllister admits there can be no more slip ups from Rangers if they are to end Celtic’s long title reign this season.

Manchester United

Manchester United make big breakthrough with midfielder deal now close

29th January 2020, 04:59

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Bruno Fernandes after a significant breakthrough was made in talks with Sporting Lisbon.

Arsenal

Big boost for Arsenal after defender fears allayed

29th January 2020, 04:59

Arsenal have been boosted by the news Shkodran Mustafi's ankle injury is not as bad as first feared and he should be back in action sooner rather than later.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa have Nyland to thank for Wembley date says Smith

29th January 2020, 04:25

Proud Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says the club owe a huge debt of gratitude to goalkeeper Orjan Nyland as they booked their place in the Carabao Cup Final.

Rugby League

Wakefield ace blasts Folau deal

29th January 2020, 03:53

Wakefield Trinity prop Keegan Hirst has hit out at the Rugby Football League after Israel Folau signed for Catalans Dragons.

Tennis

Halep downs Kontaveit in Melbourne

29th January 2020, 03:27

Simona Halep is through to the Australian Open semi-finals following a comfortable 6-1 6-1 win over Anett Kontaveit.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City

28th January 2020, 23:14

Aston Villa reached the Carabao Cup final thanks to a dramatic 2-1 semi-final second-leg win over Leicester City which secured a 3-2 aggregate success.

Everton

Everton’s Gomes returns to first-team training

28th January 2020, 19:46

Everton's Andre Gomes has returned to training with his team-mates, three months after suffering a fracture dislocation of his ankle against Spurs.