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Paul Scholes slams “criminal” David de Gea for decisive error in Man Utd defeat

Paul Scholes has laid into David de Gea following his “criminal” error in RB Leipzig’s decisive third goal.

Manchester United needed to at least draw in Germany but lost 3-2 with Justin Kluivert notching the third.

He pounced on some indecision from the Spanish goalkeeper to bundle home and give United a mountain to climb.

Angelino sent a cross into the visitor’s box and De Gea threatened to come and claim it before stopping.

And Scholes has accused him of being scared to come out and pounce on the loose ball.

“David de Gea here, he bottles it doesn’t he? Basically, he’s scared of getting hurt,” he said on BT Sport.

David de Gea has been called “scared” by Paul Scholes

“It should never go across the box like that. Harry Maguire looks wooden, he’s very stiff.

“And De Gea, as a goalkeeper, he comes out, make yourself as big as you can, you might get smashed in the face, you might get injured, but he turns his back away.

“He makes himself smaller which is criminal and for such an experienced goalkeeper. It’s criminal.”

Angelino and Amadou Haidara had put the hosts two goals ahead within the first 12 minutes as United again started slowly.

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba both scored in the space of two minutes to set up a dramatic finish.

Justin Kluivert was able to pounce and put Leipzig 3-0 up

But United were unable to find the third goal they so desperately needed and will drop into the Europa League.

Much was made of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to play a back five, a system he so rarely deploys.

But Maguire refused to blame their lack of familiarity with the night’s tactics when asked after the defeat.

“I don’t want to look at excuses,” he claimed.

“We have to go out and be aggressive, win balls. That’s the basics. If you can’t defend crosses you’re going to lose games. I don’t want to look at shape – it’s not an excuse.




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