Manchester United’s draw with Tottenham saw a few lacklustre performances, which may lead to wider concerns.
While poor displays after a three month break are inevitable, there are questions posed over certain individuals which may not be restricted to just a one-off match.
Let’s dive right into it. Here is a look at three players who disappointed…
David de Gea
It is a tough life being a goalkeeper. No matter how many good saves you make, you can undo it all with one error.
And really when it comes to De Gea, fans are sick of seeing mistakes, as we know he can, and really should be world class.
Tottenham’s goal saw Steven Bergwijn’s strike go right through him. It wasn’t good enough, no matter how powerfully it was struck.
Roy Keane tore into De Gea at half-time on Sky’s coverage, and it was deserved. He had to do better.
We can be kind and put it down to return-match rustiness, but we are still disappointed. De Gea cannot afford many more of these between now and the end of the season.
De Gea was not the only player culpable for Bergwijn’s goal. The Dutchman ran at Maguire and went past him as if he was not even there.
It was unpleasant to watch, especially considering the mega-fee we spent on the English international last summer.
Maguire went into the break in excellent form, and to be fair, he began this match well, looking composed and strong in the air before Tottenham’s goal.
He did do well to recover as the match went on, but what happens next will be a real test.
Opponents will try to follow Bergwijn’s success and run at Maguire and see if they can enjoy similar results. He has to be up to the challenge.
James played poorly and did nothing to dissuade his critics who believe he is not United quality.
He managed just 31 touches, did not have a shot at goal or create a chance.
The Welshman’s day was summed up when he got the ball out wide and whipped the ball into the box trying to find an unmarked Rashford at the back post. Instead he sent it sailing too high over his head and the opportunity was wasted.
It was no surprise at all when he was substituted, and we do not expect him to start United’s next match.
The subtlety of Juan Mata will be a better bet against a tight Sheffield United backline.
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