Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is stuck in a fairly rigid selection process when it comes to his goalkeepers.

David de Gea is the league ‘keeper and Dean Henderson comes in for the cup competitions.

But Henderson’s continued strong form has made it a talking point whether he should come in to feature more regularly and start eating into De Gea’s minutes.

Paul Scholes added fuel to the fire of this particular debate by blaming the Spaniard for Newcastle’s goal at Old Trafford.

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A poor defensive clearance from Harry Maguire went straight to Allan Saint-Maximin who lashed it into the roof of the net above De Gea. The Spaniard got a touch but could not keep it out.

Scholes told BT Sport at half-time that he felt David de Gea should be disappointed with conceding the goal in the manner he did.

This sparked an interesting debate with opinion split as to whether De Gea deserved the blame, or the defence did, and whether the goalkeeper at his best would have kept it out.

 

Another aspect to the goal is of course whether De Gea should have come for the cross in the first place rather than staying rooted to his line.

Here is a look at some of the responses to Scholes calling out De Gea, a player he previously blasted after United’s loss to RB Leipzig.

De Gea did go on to make a good second half save from Saint-Maximin when the scores were tied and had a good game aside from the goal.

United’s defenders certainly could have done better for the goal, but it is fair to say De Gea is a contributory factor towards the uncertainty at set pieces.

It is up to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to either persist with this and change the defence to solve it, or look at making the switch to put Henderson in.

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