Red Devils legend Gary Neville believes David de Gea‘s Manchester United career could be short-lived under Erik ten Hag.

For the second time in his United career, the Spaniard conceded six goals in a game against arch rivals Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s Citizens battered United 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium yesterday, in what turned out to be a flattering result for the beleaguered twenty-time league champions.

David de Gea’s Manchester United career could be short-lived under Erik ten Hag says Gary Neville

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United’s number one has been at Old Trafford for 11 years having been signed from Atletico Madrid by Sir Alex Ferguson.

After remaining United’s number one for over a decade, the 31-year-old’s ability to become the ball-playing goalkeeper that Ten Hag craves at the Theatre of Dreams has been questioned.

After suffering back-to-back defeats to start his tenure as Manchester United’s manager, Ten Hag decided to adopt a more direct approach instead of passing out from the back.

One of De Gea’s glaring mistakes against Brentford was when he attempted to pass the ball to Christian Eriksen, but the Bees won the ball high up the pitch and punished United.

De Gea’s hesitancy in possession has seemingly had an impact in Ten Hag deciding to adopt a more direct approach and go against the philosophy he wants to instil at Old Trafford.

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Neville believes that if Ten Hag doesn’t believe that De Gea is capable of carrying out what he wants then he will be moved on.

Speaking on his Sky Sports podcast, Neville said: “I suspect with David de Gea, his United career is going to be short-lived under Ten Hag because he’s going to be adamant that his philosophy of playing out from the back, playing those risky passes to the midfield that we see with Ederson all the time, that we no longer see as risky because they do it so well, is something that he’s striving for and that he wants to get to.”

De Gea, who is one of the highest earners at the club, is nowhere near having the same technical skillset that Ederson possesses and the 31-year-old’s time at Old Trafford looks to be under real scrutiny.

The Spain international’s contract expires next summer, and while United have the option of triggering a 12-month extension, the Reds are weighing up whether to extend his deal or let him depart on a free transfer, according to The Telegraph.

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