Manchester United’s 2018/19 campaign has been a forgettable one. It’s somewhat fitting that it’s ending with a whimper.
The player that sums it up perfectly is David de Gea. The superstar Spaniard has been struggling massively recently, making clanger after clanger with each passing game.
It’s De Gea’s worst spell at this club in at least a half-decade, before then, the 28-year-old has been super consistent and won this club so many points, single-handedly at times.
Overreacting is something that happens all-too-often in this sport, and the calls for De Gea to be dropped are downright moronic. The latest to weigh in on those comments is the Great Dane, Peter Schmeichel, who has urged the club to keep faith with De Gea.
“I think people should stop being stupid,” the Dane told the Manchester Evening News. “The whole team is not having a great time and the truth is the whole team has not had the best of time for years.
“It’s only been one guy performing at the highest level and that’s David de Gea. At some point during a career you always have a period when it’s not going for you and luck isn’t going your way and as soon as this happens then they turn on him.
“It’s so easy for everyone on Twitter and Instagram to hammer him. But think about how good he has been for the club and then instead of hammering him support him.”
Not only has De Gea been our best player for the last few years, he’s also been the most loyal. Time and time again the chance to move to Real Madrid has come to the fore, not once has De Gea moaned or kicked up a fuss. Instead, he’s worked even harder, remained calm and done a wonderful job for United.
Like Schmeichel says, we’re in an area where everyone runs on to social media to hammer a player after making an error. That is no doubt affecting De Gea’s confidence but he’ll come good again, and if you drop him now, there’s a greater chance that he leaves Manchester when the transfer window opens.