Man Utd v Newcastle: Match in pictures
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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes David de Gea is becoming a real problem for his former club. De Gea has maintained his position as United’s No 1 this season despite the return of Dean Henderson from his loan at Sheffield United. The Spaniard has kept eight clean sheets in the league this term, almost half the amount Manchester City stopper Ederson has managed.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always backed De Gea when speaking to the media.
But Scholes says the 30-year-old is becoming an issue in the side.
Speaking at half time of the match against Newcastle on Sunday, Scholes pointed out moments where he thought De Gea should have done better.
The former England midfielder also believes the United defence do not have confidence in the keeper.
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“Yeah [the clean sheet record is] not good enough,” Scholes said on 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?
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“He punches it into a really bad area, luckily the shot comes right next to him and he should save it.”
United took the lead at Old Trafford through a smart Marcus Rashford finish.
But Allan Saint-Maximin drew level for the visitors before half time.
Scholes felt both De Gea and captain Maguire should have done more to prevent the goal.
He continued: “But here we go again, they’ve sent one out again and if the warning signs weren’t there before, I don’t know what they’re thinking of.
“They’ve allowed an easy cross into the box, Maguire, another bad header back into a terrible area.
“I know it’s a quite difficult position but can you just head it out for another corner just to take the danger away?
“And [Saint] Maximin here, I think he hits it into the ground, I think that slows it down a little bit, sends it on a bit of a loop, and again the goalkeeper.
“I think the goalkeeper should save that.”
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