Roy Keane has urged Manchester United to give up on David de Gea and sign a replacement following the Spanish goalkeeper’s poor season.
De Gea has come under fire in recent weeks following a number of blunders, including a howler in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea as he let Mason Mount’s shot squirm underneath him.
Opinion appears to be split amid supports as to whether to drop De Gea or not, with some pointing out the brilliant service he has given the club for the past nine seasons.
But there is no doubt in Keane’s mind that the time has come to move the player on and sign a world-class shot-stopper.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of United’s win over Leicester on Sunday, Keane said: “I’ve never been a big fan of his (De Gea). He makes far too many mistakes, big mistakes that cost United big points.
“We talk about recruitment, it’s a difficult part of the game. That’s just my opinion. If Manchester United want to challenge for league titles, they need a better goalkeeper.
“They need a change, they’ve done it before. I don’t know what the big song and dance is about a goalkeeper, Man United have been doing it for years.
“Strikers are dropped or sold, same with midfielders, but for some reason, with goalkeepers, they think we have to stick with the goalkeeper for a bit longer than others because of something they did two or three years ago.”
Keane pointed out the improvement Liverpool have made since they replaced Loris Karius with Alisson, and thinks United could take a leaf out their bitter rival’s book.
“The game doesn’t work like that. We’ve seen Liverpool get onto another level when they’ve improved the goalkeeper,” he added.
“What’s the big deal? If he’s not doing it, he’s making mistakes, then make a change. There are good goalkeepers out there.”