Paul Scholes has refused to join in the media pile-on against Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
De Gea made an error which cost United a goal in the FA Cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea on Sunday.
He was roundly ripped into by numerous media pundits, with Alan Shearer among those to tell BBC Sport it is time De Gea is replaced by United.
Former United star Paul Scholes, an ex-teammate of De Gea, says that he believes the Spaniard will bounce back.
He pointed to his previous record and how he has bailed United out, arguing the Red Devils would not have finished in the top 10 the last few seasons without him.
Whether you agree with Scholes’ take on the top 10 or not, his point stands that De Gea has been a very valuable asset to United in the post-Fergie era and saved us from slipping further adrift.
The issue for United now though is not the past, we have to look forwards, and consider whether De Gea has it in him to recover his best form over the next season or two.
De Gea signed a new contract last year and not many clubs will be able to afford his wages.
But if United receive a big offer of around £50-60 million for De Gea, from a Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain, it would be very difficult for the club to turn down.
Admittedly though the combination of this unpredictable transfer market and De Gea’s form makes a sale unlikely. There may be a couple of offers, but probably from clubs trying to nab him on the cheap.
So United may end up stuck with De Gea for at least another season, irrespective of what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chooses to do with impressive loanee Dean Henderson.
We have always got the feeling that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would prefer to kick the Henderson decision down the line and keep De Gea for a further year at least.
De Gea has stayed loyal to United and the club owe him a little of the same too, despite the argument for the club to be ‘ruthless’ and sell, it is difficult if the offer is not there.
Scholes would evidently like to see United stick by De Gea, and that has to count for something.
At a moment where everybody is twisting the knife and making De Gea feel like his career is over, if the goalkeeper sees this message of support from the United legend, it is likely to mean a lot to him.
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