Sunday, January 20th, 2013
Manchester United keeper David De Gea was responsible for at least two world class saves at White Hart Lane, yet the Spaniard is once again in the firing line for Clint Dempsey’s late equaliser.
Whilst Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson laid into linesman Simon Beck for not awarding a throw-in in the lead up to Tottenham’s goal and for failing to award a penalty for a foul on Wayne Rooney, super pundit Gary Neville saved his ire for De Gea.
A frustrated G Nev looks exasperated at Jamie Redknapp defending the Spaniard and says De Gea should have come to claim the initial cross, instead of only punching it out as far as Aaron Lennon.
Neville: “You can’t do that, they are big, big moments … that punch there has cost his team.” The former Manchester United right back then urges De Gea to “get to the level” of Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar.
In truth, whilst Neville is very harsh on De Gea who otherwise kept his side in the game, this was exactly the discussion taking place in pubs, on social networks and couches across the globe.
Some United fans even questioned the role of Nemanja Vidic, with the Serb defender jumping into De Gea on the initial cross.
So, was David De Gea at fault for Tottenham’s equaliser? GIF above of the goal. Video of the Gary Neville criticism below. Second video is the full Redknapp/Neville analysis.