Another week of the Premier League, another week of Man United in crisis.
Jose Mourinho was in inspired form, this week as he went on the offensive after seeing his side lose 3-0 at home to Spurs on Monday.
The manager’s attitude suggests there could be something big looming in the background but we should not overlook the performance of the United players in this terrible start to the season.
Paul Pogba has shouldered most of the blame for United’s poor beginning and for the most part the backline has been an utter shambles.
But one man who has so far avoided much of the criticism is David De Gea.
When you look closely, the normally-brilliant Spanish no.1 is having his worst start to a season for years – he’s still on -4pts after three games.
And his slip in form goes back to the beginning of the World Cup.
Last season fantasy football managers up and down the country could rely on De Gea for clean sheets and 7+ ratings as United conceded only 28 goals in the league all season and the keeper racked up a whopping 163 points.
He finished the season as the highest scoring goalkeeper on the game.
With United struggling to score last season, De Gea’s brilliance in goal was one of the key drivers to their second place finish.
Since he let Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot slip through his fingers during Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal in Russia, he hasn’t looked the same.
In competitive games since the start of the World Cup De Gea Has conceded 13 goals from the last 19 shots on target he has faced.
You might be of the mind that it is Mourinho’s selections in defence that have hampered United’s start to the season but De Gea has not covered himself in glory.
Admittedly, playing behind a fragile mix of Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera must make you a bit nervous every game.
Although De Gea doesn’t look anywhere near the imperious shot stopper we saw last season.
United have already conceded seven goals in just three games – a quarter of the amount for the whole of last season – but over 15% of Dream Team managers still have him in their team.
With Neil Etheridge going way beyond expectations at Cardiff on 24pts and Southampton’s Alex McCarthy not far behind on 19pts, it could be time to trade De Gea in for a cheaper model.
United face Burnley at Turf Moor today before trips to Watford and Young Boys in the Champions League.
Not getting any easier then?
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