De Gea should be axed by Man Utd and replaced with top keeper if Solskjaer wants to compete for title, says Roy Keane


MANCHESTER UNITED need to replace David De Gea with a world-class goalkeeper if they want to win the Premier League, according to Roy Keane.

The Spaniard kept his 13th clean sheet of an error-strewn league season in the 2-0 win over Leicester on Sunday to secure Champions League football at Old Trafford next year.

But even then he got away with some questionable handling from a scuffed Kelechi Iheanacho shot as Jamie Vardy looked to pounce.

And Keane, never one to mince his words, is adamant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to recruit a better No1 to challenge with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

The former United skipper told Sky Sports: “I’ve never been a big fan of his. He makes far too many mistakes, big mistakes that cost United big points.

“We talk about recruitment, it’s a difficult part of the game. That’s just my opinion. If Manchester United want to challenge for league titles, they need a better goalkeeper.

“They need a change, they’ve done it before. I don’t know what the big song and dance is about a goalkeeper, Manchester United have been doing it for years.

“Strikers are dropped or sold, same with midfielders, but for some reason, with goalkeepers, they think we have to stick with the goalkeeper for a bit longer than others because of something they did two or three years ago.

“The game doesn’t work like that. We’ve seen Liverpool get onto another level when they’ve improved the goalkeeper.

“What’s the big deal? If he’s not doing it, he’s making mistakes, then make a change. There are good goalkeepers out there.”

De Gea, 29, made high profile blunders against Watford, Everton, Tottenham and Chelsea this season – four matches United failed to win.

Following the howler to allow Steven Bergwijn’s strike to creep in at White Hart Lane in June, Keane let rip at the Spaniard – who has been player of the year four times.

He raged: “I’m sick to death of this goalkeeper. I would be fighting him at half-time, I would be swinging punches at that guy. I am flabbergasted.

“These are established international players. Do your job. We’re not on about winning league, just getting into the top four! Shocking. I am disgusted.

“[Harry] Maguire and De Gea should hang their heads in shame. De Gea is the most overrated goalkeeper I’ve seen in a long, long time.”

The problem for the Red Devils is De Gea’s wages – and Solskjaer’s loyalty to the stopper he still claims is the best in the world.

His new contract signed last year sees his pocket a mammoth £375,000 a week, likely to price most interested clubs out of a move.

Dean Henderson is being tipped as the long-term successor to De Gea with a fine season once again on loan at Sheffield United proving he is up to standard for the Premier League.

But there are still some doubts he is ready to become the No1.

Henderson, 23, understandably, only wants to return to Old Trafford if he is guaranteed the gloves and is set for talks with his parent club this week after his loan expired.

As revealed by SuSport, Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is another potential replacement for De Gea at United.

The Slovenian established himself as one of the very best around under Diego Simeone but could be tempted by a change to compete for silverware elsewhere.

Atleti are in need of cash and could get as much as £109million for their Mr Reliable.


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