Ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League final day showdown between Leicester City and Manchester United for a place in the top 4, Foxes’ goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has described the criticisms of Red Devils’ goalie David de Gea as harsh.
The Spain international has come under fire since the return of Premier League action. He has made some errors that have contributed to dropped points for United as well as elimination from the FA Cup.
However, Schmeichel has gone to defend the Spaniard in a recent chat with BBC Radio 5 Live: “Goalkeepers are going to get scrutinised,” Schmeichel said.
“For me, the important thing is context. The kind of scrutiny that he’s getting at the moment is very harsh.”
It can be recalled that Da Gea failed to stop Giroud’s opener for Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final before fumbling Mason Mount’s long-range attempt into the net for Chelsea’s second.
Former United captain Roy Keane couldn’t hide his outburst recently after Da Gea’s error against Tottenham Hotspur. He said he was sick to death of the Spain international.
Shearer also suggested that it was time to replace Da Gea with Dean Henderson. Dean Henderson has been impressive at Sheffield United on loan and his performances have led to Da Gea’s future at Manchester United being questioned.
However, Schmeichel has pointed out that the lack of goalkeeper pundits means that Da Gea is being assessed and judged by people who never played the position.
“There are no goalkeepers analysing on TV or in papers so I feel the criticism he gets is very unfair,” he added.
“They’ll go into deep technical things which, with the greatest respect, they don’t actually know the truth.
“To just hammer someone the way he sometimes does get hammered, I find is unfair.”
We await the crunch tie to see how both goalies will fare between the sticks for their sides on Sunday.