Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to keep faith with David De Gea in their final two games of the Premier League season is a sign he wants the Spanish goalkeeper to stay at Manchester United. That is the view of club legend Gary Neville.
De Gea has come under-fire in recent weeks after a series of errors, most notably the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea this month.
Following the 3-1 defeat, there were calls for Solskjaer to drop De Gea for their next game against West Ham.
But Solskjaer opted to stick with his No 1 and not bring Sergio Romero into the team.
And United manager’s belief in De Gea was proven right as the 29-year-old looked more secure in the 1-1 draw with the Hammers and then kept a clean sheet in their final game of the season against Leicester.
Romero has been United’s goalkeeper throughout their Europa League campaign and it remains to be seen whether Solskjaer will continue his policy of starting the Argentine in cup competitions.
Dean Henderson could also come into consideration next season if he decides to stay at Old Trafford and challenge De Gea and Romero.
However, Neville feels Solskjaer’s backing to De Gea means the Spaniard can still consider himself to be the first choice keeper, which could see Henderson return to Sheffield United for another season-long loan.
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The Sky Sports pundit said: “I was nervous about him in his first year or two at Manchester United but then he did prove to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world for four or five years.
“In the last 18 months he’s been riddled with mistakes and only Solskjaer can make that decision over the goalkeeper.
“What I would say about that decision is that Solskjaer has to be decisive and ruthless with that decision, he’s got to think about himself and the club.
“If he thinks De Gea is going to return to the level he was at before, stick with him.
“Before the West Ham game I was 50-50 whether Solskjaer would drop him. When I found out he was playing, I said before the game in my interview that the only time you would be able to prove whether that was the right decision or not would be on Sunday at 6pm.
“We’re here and it looks like he’s made the right decision because leaving De Gea out on Wednesday now would have been a massive signal to everybody that Solskjaer was getting him out of the club.
“He’s still got that decision in his hands, but he’s at least got through that until the end of the season.
“De Gea hasn’t put a foot wrong in the two matches.”
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