Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that at Manchester United, David de Gea would have to “Earn His Place,” with another lack-lustre display from him against Everton contributing to demands for Old Trafford to change goalkeeper.
With a thrilling game finishing in a 3-3 draw, a once reliable number one suffered a poor and shocking evening.
Fingers of responsibility for driving the ball into the path of Abdoulaye Doucoure for Everton’s first goal were pointed in De Gea’s direction. Additionally, though he also didn’t have the adrenaline while allowing Dominic Calvert-Lewin to prod a late leveller home.
“Every player has to earn his place,” United boss Solskjaer told reporters when reflecting on more dropped points for his side.
“We’re a squad with competition and that applies to every single one in the team.”
“I think you want the goalkeeper to come and eat the striker. You just want your goalkeeper to come out there and absolutely take him out. Goalkeepers are so quick off their line nowadays.
“It wasn’t a great night for the goalkeeper, it wasn’t a great night for the centre-backs either and we’ve known from the start Manchester United needed a stronger centre-back pairing. That hasn’t changed. No point going on about it tonight. It’s cost them.”
Solskjaer does have alternative choices he should turn to.
After returning to Manchester from two active loan periods at Sheffield United, England international Dean Henderson is eagerly waiting for his chance.
This season, he has seen three appearances in the Premier League and is willing to accept the challenge should it come his way..