Paul Scholes has revealed his concerns over David de Gea – stating the Manchester United goalkeeper is "becoming a real problem" for the Red Devils.
De Gea had another shaky night between the sticks as United beat Newcastle 3-1 on Sunday at Old Trafford.
Dean Henderson continues to wait in the wings and is being touted as the Spaniard's long-term successor at the Theatre of Dreams.
But there are some calls for the England shot-stopper to take the gloves sooner rather than later, and Scholes believes the defence as a whole is United's weak link.
“Yeah, [the clean sheet record is] not good enough," he told BT Sport. “We mentioned it before the game, I think that is the biggest weakness in this team.
“David again, so sloppy, it's becoming a real problem, having the confidence in your goalkeeper, and short corners, United had one out for two or three corners, this is the one where David again, can you catch that? He punches it into a really bad area.”
United are on course to be 'the best of the rest' in the Premier League, sitting second in the table, 10 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.
And Scholes says his old club need a new centre-half if they are to challenge the noisy neighbours.
“I said before the game I think that they're missing a real dominant centre-back. You look back at the history of the teams that win leagues, they have real leaders in the back four," he added.
“I think Maguire possibly could be but I think they need somebody with him who could be really dominant in that position, really commanding, can bully a centre-forward, can demand from the rest of the squad around him on and off the pitch as well. I just think they're missing that."
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