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Saturday 24 August 2019

Wright: Ole must axe De Gea

OFF-FORM: David De Gea. Photo: PA
OFF-FORM: David De Gea. Photo: PA

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has urged Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to show his ruthless side and drop goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Spaniard has been guilty of three errors in his last four matches which have resulted in goals, including spilling Antonio Rudiger's shot to allow Marcos Alonso to equalise for Chelsea on Sunday.

De Gea's contract expires at the end of next season and he is the subject of frequent transfer speculation, something Wright feels the club need to sort out.

BBC football pundit Wright believes Solskjaer should consider taking the 28-year-old out of the spotlight.

"If Solskjaer really wants to stamp his mark and let people know he isn't afraid to make decisions, he should take him out," Wright said.

"If the manager explains everything and tells him face to face why he's leaving him out and giving him a break, that's man-management - and that's what Solskjaer has to do.

"De Gea needs to go on holiday and sort his contract out. Sometimes you have to take someone out the firing line.

"He's one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he just needs a break.

''There's a lot going on at Old Trafford and he's under a lot of pressure.

''When you look at how poorly United are playing at the moment, putting him in that situation is putting him under more pressure.

"He has made three very uncharacteristic mistakes in a short period.

''To take him out for a very good understudy like Sergio Romero, who plays for Argentina, isn't a bad thing."

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