- Feb 10, 2021
It didn’t matter in the end but when Rashford did that crazy backpass yesterday I waited for De Ge to collect it… and waited… and waited.. and he never came. Salah was anout 10 yards from goal by the time he collected the ball, De Gea was just glued to his line. As I say, unimportant in the end, but it was kind of weird to see.It's been understandably lost in the aftermath of yesterday's shitshow, but De Gea's passivity and tendency to stick to his line is a massive problem for us and a big part of why we're so porous. When you have defenders who are slow on the turn or liable to be caught out of position like we do, you need a keeper who can get out quickly and control his area, not one who sits back and allows the opponent time and space to pick his spot.
As good a shot-stopper as he can he, we'd be better off with a less talented keeper who had a better all-round game. As it stands, any half decent ball between the penalty spot and our defensive line is a guaranteed shot on goal. Even when our defenders play well we concede so many goals because De Gea won't take responsibility for his box.