Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes criticized goalkeeper David De Gea following the team’s loss to Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-finals. Scholes called out De Gea for his poor decision-making and inability to deal with long balls, which led to two of Sevilla’s three goals.
Scholes expressed his disappointment with De Gea’s performance, stating that he should have done better on both occasions when he was at fault for the goals.
He also questioned De Gea’s overall form this season, suggesting that the goalkeeper has been making too many errors and may have lost some of his confidence.
Despite his criticism of De Gea, Scholes did not lay the blame solely at the feet of the goalkeeper, also pointing out the poor defending and lack of creativity from the United team as contributing factors to the loss.
David De Gea skewered
Scholes was deeply critical of De Gea’s performance during United’s Sevilla defeat, insisting the keeper looked a “nervous wreck”.
The United legend told BT Sport: “It’s a difficult night. They didn’t handle the aggression and passion of Sevilla.
“I think United are still a better team than them but it’s difficult to say that tonight.
“When you come to these places you expect to take examples from your experienced players.
“Right from the very first minute the goalkeeper, David De Gea, he kicks the ball out and from then on he’s a nervous wreck.
“This is one of your most experienced players – a top Spanish goalkeeper, in his own country. You don’t expect that kind of thing.
“And they just couldn’t handle the aggression of a brilliant Sevilla team tonight.”