David de Gea has been urged to leave Man Utd and “move on” elsewhere following his recent spate of mistakes.
The Spanish goalkeeper has had a poor season by his standards, ridden with errors which have cost his side.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to defend his no.1 by claiming he is the world’s best goalkeeper, but United fans have been calling for de Gea to be axed from the starting XI.
Speculation suggests on-loan stopper Dean Henderson could return to the club to take up the role, while back-up Sergio Romero is preparing to leave due to Solskjaer’s persistence with de Gea.
However rather than stay and fight for his place, former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer believes the time is right for de Gea to seek pastures new.
“When you’ve been somewhere for so long, people will think you’re on the decline, that you’re finished and that you need to move on almost to give you that kick-start to rejuvenate,” Schwarzer told Sky Sports .
“For me that was the best thing I ever did because it gave me that motivation to prove a new set of fans wrong and your new team-mates wrong.
“Personally I think it’s time for De Gea to move on.”
De Gea has dropped several clangers this season, including one in the defeat away to Watford in December, as well as in two matches since the restart.
The 29-year-old was slated by former United captain Roy Keane for his role in Tottenham’s goal in their first game back, before de Gea made two glaring errors in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
Schwarzer continued: “I think there’s a comparison to when Pepe Reina was at Liverpool.
“There was a period of about 18 months when he made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes.
“For him, he needed to move on and once he did he regained that form and became a really good goalkeeper again.
“I think it’s the same with David de Gea at Manchester United and it’s time for him to move on.”
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