Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists David de Gea retains his full backing after the Manchester United goalkeeper was singled out for criticism following Tuesday’s damaging Champions League defeat against RB Leipzig.
The return of Dean Henderson from his loan spell at Sheffield United sparked a return to form for De Gea, who had endured a difficult 18 months during which he committed a number of costly and high-profile errors.
De Gea, however, was badly at fault for what turned out to be the decisive goal against Leipzig in a 3-2 defeat which saw United suffer the ignominy of being relegated to the Europa League.
United legend Paul Scholes was particularly critical of De Gea and accused the 30-year-old of ‘bottling it’ after he turned his back on Justin Kluivert and allowed the Netherlands international to clip the ball over him.
With Henderson again said to be seeking assurances over his long-term future, Solskjaer faces a difficult selection decision ahead of tomorrow’s Manchester derby but hinted he will stick with De Gea who is among 10 goalkeepers nominated for the FIFPro’s Team of the Year.
‘I think David is a top goalkeeper, of course I do,’ said Solskjaer when he was alerted to Scholes’ comments during his pre-match press conference.
‘Rightly so, he’s on the lists of being the best goalkeeper in Europe. For me, he’s handled criticism before, he’s handled setbacks before.
‘Every goal that a keeper concedes you’d be disappointed with.’