Manchester United: David De Gea Might Be Dropped for Visit to Bolton

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst ISeptember 10, 2011

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14:  David De Gea of Manchester United gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on August 14, 2011 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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If reports in England are to be believed, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is contemplating dropping young goalie David de Gea for his squad's away fixture at Bolton.

The 20-year-old, who arrived at Old Trafford during the just closed summer transfer window, has been anything but impressive for the Red Devils. Despite support from former United goalies and his fellow players, the young shot-stopper's inexperience has been glaringly visible. Seen as the long-term replacement for United's legendary goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar, the Spaniard has done little to prove his £18 million transfer from former club Athletico Madrid.

After a very shaky performance in United's opening two fixtures, he did a decent job against Arsenal under the post, even saving a penalty from Robin Van Persie. But his erroneous goalkeeping is giving the United fans sleepless nights. His errors against West Brom led to a goal, while against Arsenal and Tottenham he never seemed to be comfortable.

It is being speculated that Sir Alex is considering giving his young gun the axe for their match against the Trotters. De Gea's slight built and weak aerial prowess might be exploited by the burly Bolton players, who will be looking to exploit the youngster's inexperience. With that in mind, Sir Alex is reportedly planning on dropping De Gea for the Danish Anders Lindegaard, who is bigger and stronger than his colleague.

But giving the axe might hurt the player's confidence ahead of his club's Champions League fixtures and faceoff against Chelsea next week. But Sir Alex is famed for his ability to make the best decisions in these situations. What fate awaits De Gea can only be known after the Red Devils arrive at Reeebok Stadium later today.