Throughout his storied managerial career, Sir Alex Ferguson has shown unending patience with some players and almost none at all with others.
For some reason, David de Gea, despite repeatedly proving he is not a complete enough goalkeeper to be in the net for a club as good as Manchester United, has been one of those given chance after chance.
One can understand why Ferguson gave de Gea the benefit of the doubt when the Spaniard started off so slowly last year. De Gea was only 20 years old, playing a position that most don’t hit their prime until their late 20’s or early 30’s, and doing so in the high-pressure environment of the English Premier League.
However, it is time for Anders Lindegaard to be given the starting job permanently.
If Ferguson wants to keep de Gea around to develop him for the future, that is understandable, but de Gea can’t be given the gloves for any more games that matter this season.
On Sunday, de Gea was repeatedly caught out of position. Twice in the first half, de Gea came out on set pieces, only to be left flapping at air as he missed the ball.
In the 50th minute, de Gea came out to try and catch a Newcastle cross in his area, only to clatter into his own defender and miss the ball. The loose ball went off the post before Cisse put the ball back on frame.
To be fair, de Gea did recover well from the miss, pawing Cisse’s header out of the net. (Replays were inconclusive as to whether the whole of the ball had crossed the goal line.)
The simple fact is that while a decent shot-stopper, de Gea cannot judge the ball in the air and the word is out. Any team facing United simply has to swing every corner kick and set piece in at de Gea and watch the three-ring circus begin.