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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has accused David De Gea of ‘bottling it’ in the side’s defeat to Red Bull Leipzig.
United conceded twice in the opening fifteen minutes to give themselves another mountain to climb but they recovered at half-time and improved after the break.
With twenty minutes to go, Bruno Fernandes crashed a free-kick against the crossbar and it looked as though United had a path back into the match.
However, barely a minute later Justin Kluivert scored a crucial third goal and replays showed De Gea turned his back on the Dutchman as he touched home a cross.
United scored two late goals to give themselves a chance but the deficit was ultimately too large and Scholes believes De Gea was at fault for the all-important third goal.
‘He bottles it, doesn’t he?’ Scholes told BT Sport.
‘Basically he’s scared of getting himself hurt. It should never go across the box.
‘Maguire looks wooden, stiff but De Gea as a goalkeeper has to come out and make himself as big as he can. Yes you might get injured but he turns his back away. It’s criminal.’
Though the Spaniard’s form has improved this term, the nature of Leipzig’s third goal will only increase the calls for Henderson to be made first choice.
The draw for the Europa League takes place on December 14th.