Former Premier League goalkeeper David James has made one of the more unorthodox claims about Man United’s goalkeeping options.
Speaking on Football Today, James made an extraordinary claim, stating that David de Gea ‘doesn’t help Manchester United out as much as perhaps [Sergio] Romero can do.’
This kind of statement will have most followers of the game perplexed, when looking at De Gea’s overall record in between the sticks with United.
James references the games that De Gea has played in so far this term, in which he states De Gea’s only picked up one clean sheet (despite it actually being two, if including the League Cup) as a way of backing up his statement, however the opposition Romero faced at the beginning of the campaign cannot be compared so simply to De Gea’s opponents.
Romero’s last action in goal was to let two goals in against Swansea and even before that United played a struggling Newcastle, Aston Villa and Tottenham; three sides United would’ve expected to have kept a clean sheet against. In addition to this, De Gea has played against Champions League-quality opposition.
It is also unfair to pigeon hole De Gea’s form into just six games this term. The Spaniard has been United’s standout performer over the last two seasons and is only just getting back into the swing of things after missing out on the start of the campaign.
James is able to back up his points to an extent at the moment, but this writer would expect him to change his tune by the end of the season.
Watch James discuss the merits of both ‘keepers below, while also delving into the Real Madrid debacle at the end.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena