Ian Wright thinks that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should drop David de Gea after his recent string of high-profile howlers.
The Spaniard has been one of the Premier League‘s greatest and most consistent goalkeepers in recent years, frequently pulling off seemingly impossible saves, often single-handedly keeping Manchester United in games.
However, rumours about a potential move away from Old Trafford have once again been making the headlines recently, and they have coincided with a poor spell of form which has seen the 28-year-old make a string of high-profile errors of late.
He inexplicably let a tame Lionel Messi strike dribble under his body in their crucial Champions League quarter-final in the Nou Camp, before allowing goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Leroy Sane past him with strikes you would have expected him to do much better with.
His latest error came in the weekend’s draw with Chelsea, with De Gea strangely failing to keep hold of a long-range effort from Antonio Rudiger, with the Spain number 1 parrying it into the path of Marcos Alonso, who neatly tucked the ball away.
Speaking about the ‘keepers form, former Arsenal striker thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to send a strong message by leaving out of United’s next game.
“If he [Solskjaer] really wants to stamp his mark and let people know he isn’t afraid to make decisions, he should take him out,” Wright said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“If the manager explains everything and tells him face to face why he’s leaving him out and giving him a break, that’s man-management and that’s what Solskjaer has to do.”
United have a suitable backup goalkeeper in the shape of Argentina number 1, Sergio Romero, and Wright added that De Gea ‘needs a break’.
“He [De Gea] needs to go on holiday and sort his contract out,” Wright added. “Sometimes you have to take someone out the firing line. He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he needs a break.
“There’s a lot going on and he’s under a lot of pressure. When you look at how United are playing at the moment, putting him in that situation is putting him under more pressure.”