Erik ten Hag insists that he did NOT have any ‘considerations’ over David de Gea’s place in goal for Man United’s clash with Wolves, despite his shaky form… as Red Devils boss claims the Spaniard will ‘definitely’ play
- Man United goalkeeper David de Gea has struggled for form in recent weeks
- However, despite that, Erik ten Hag insists that he has full faith in the goalkeeper
- Ten Hag urges his players to cut out the mistakes amid numerous recent errors
Erik ten Hag is standing by David de Gea for Manchester United’s clash with Wolves on Saturday, and insists that uncertainty over the Spanish goalkeeper’s future at Old Trafford is not to blame for his shaky form.
De Gea has come under fire for his latest blunder in United’s defeat at West Ham last weekend, but Ten Hag claims it never crossed his mind to drop the 32-year-old.
‘No, I don’t give (any) considerations – he will definitely play,’ said the United boss on Friday.
De Gea finally looks set to agree a new contract following protracted talks over taking a pay-cut on his £375,000-a-week salary, but Ten Hag played down suggestions that the issue has affected his form.
‘Is that a reason? No, I don’t think that’s a reason because David is so experienced,’ he added.
Erik ten Hag has revealed that he had no thoughts about replacing his first-choice goalkeeper
Spanish stopper David De Gea has produced a number of errors for United in recent weeks
‘I can think of a thousand and one reasons, but I don’t think that’s the reason.
‘As a top player, you have such circumstances and you have to accept it, deal with it and the demand is you have to perform.’
Ten Hag blamed a loss of focus for the individual errors by De Gea and Luke Shaw that have led to back-to-back defeats at West Ham and Brighton.
‘It shouldn’t happen. When you are in the right focus it will not happen, and that is part of the reset of this week,’ said Ten Hag who hopes the opportunity to work with his players at Carrington without having a midweek game will pay off against Wolves.
‘It’s definitely no excuse for such performances, but it’s a reason the squad looked fatigued and was fatigued. I could see it.
‘But now we’ve had a week and we needed it to reset, to reload, to recharge.. I’ve noticed around the training ground that the energy is back.
‘We’ll give a better physical performance, I’m sure of that.’
Raphael Varane is fit to return to the squad after a month out, but Marcus Rashford is a major doubt with a leg injury.
Raphael Varane is fit again to return to the Manchester United squad after an injury sustained against Seville
English forward Marcus Rashford remains a major doubt for the Wolves clash with a leg injury
United’s blip has allowed Liverpool to close within one point in the race for a top-four place, having played one more game.
But Ten Hag dismissed the threat posed by Liverpool’s six-game winning run, saying: ‘Of course we can ignore it. Why not? Because it’s not important.
‘As long as we have things in our hands, we are in control. We are not dependent of them.
‘But, yes, it’s a test of courage if we can do it because we are in the right position, and now we have to finish it.’
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