David de Gea under scrutiny after mistakes at Man United
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 07, 2019,
May 07, 2019, 1:00
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had given a firm rebuttal on Friday to suggestions he could take De Gea out of the starting line-up after a costly mistake against Manchester City on Wednesday, and he will be faced with the same question again. The Chelsea manager believes that the striker, on-loan from Juventus, will establish himself in the Premier League if given time.
"Rashy, we strapped him before the game, you could see clearly that his shoulder got worse and worse and he couldn't run freely any more".
It was the latest awful error from a goalkeeper who is quite clearly having a crisis in confidence, although I think Solskjaer will stick with him for their remaining fixtures - and rightly so, because he has plenty of credit in the bank from his previous performances for the club. Many will point to his display in United's 1-0 win at Tottenham in January, when he was in the right place at the right time and made 11 saves - the most he's ever made in a single Premier League game.
He said: "From the positions they are in, I think Spurs and Chelsea will finish third and fourth, meaning United and Arsenal are the teams that miss out".
Solskjaer added: "Of course if you look at the league table it's going to be hard".
"We are fighting for the top four and in the semi-final of the Europa League".
Speaking after the United game, Sarri felt Rojo's booking for his challenge on Willian was insufficient punishment.
In years gone back, if you'd told a Chelsea fan that they had to beat Watford at home and Leicester on the road to guarantee themselves Champions League football, they'd likely tell you it was as good as done. We have to accept everything from the referee, of course.
"My opinion - the yellow card was not enough, of course".
Asked whether Eden Hazard, who enters the final year of his contract next season, will remain at Stamford Bridge, Sarri was non-committal.
"I don't know how goalkeepers get through it, I'm not a goalkeeper, but he works hard every single day". In this moment for me, it's not really important.