Joe Thomlinson has picked out the main issue awaiting Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.
It’s safe to say that the soon to be new Manchester United manager will have a very full in-tray when it comes to problems he must find a solution to when he walks into Old Trafford, something he will have been fully aware of when agreeing to take the hot seat.
Should Man United replace De Gea?
One problem that may be a slightly interesting issue is David de Gea, the player that has made the second-most saves in the Premier League this season and also picked up Man United’s Player of the Season award in four of the last eight seasons.
This is because Thomlinson has found some footage that shows De Gea seemingly unwilling to come off his line for Man United and then compared it to how Ten Hag has got Ajax playing with the keeper willingly collecting a cross and thus allowing the team to start a swift attack and score a counter-attack goal, whereas De Gea’s actions saw him stick to his line and then concede a goal.
TIF Thoughts on De Gea’s future…
Last season under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, De Gea’s future already looked to be up for debate with the Norwegian boss favouring Dean Henderson between the sticks for the latter stages of the campaign.
This is not the first time that Thomlinson has questioned De Gea’s future because of his ability to do a lot more than just make impressive saves, something that both Ederson and Alisson do well ranking inside the top four for the number of passes attempted excluding goal kicks, with De Gea down in 17th, so he’ll either have to adapt and change his game or risk losing the number one spot.
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