David de Gea is mentally robust sufficient to take care of fierce criticism following a collection of expensive goalkeeping blunders for Manchester United, supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentioned on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old Spaniard’s place as United’s primary is beneath extreme strain after he was at fault for 2 targets in United’s 3-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat towards Chelsea on Sunday.
It got here after different obvious errors over the previous 18 months from De Gea, beforehand thought-about among the many finest goalkeepers on this planet.
Solskjaer, talking at his pre-match press convention, was decided to maintain the concentrate on Wednesday’s sport towards West Ham quite than the struggles of his goalkeeper.
“This isn’t going to turn into a David de Gea press convention,” he mentioned. “We’re simply going to stay collectively. We have got two video games, so we’re simply going to concentrate on that one.
“David’s mentally robust sufficient to know that his job is to carry out in coaching the subsequent day after which be prepared for the video games.”
Dean Henderson is snapping at De Gea’s heels after impressing on mortgage at Sheffield United whereas Sergio Romero, the back-up goalkeeper surprisingly omitted from the FA Cup semi-final beginning line-up, is ready within the wings.
Solskjaer has a big determination to make concerning the place for his or her penultimate Premier League match of the season, given victory would give his fifth-placed aspect an enormous enhance within the Champions League race.
Leicester’s 3-Zero loss at Tottenham on Sunday means United should not solely degree with the fourth-placed Foxes on 62 factors however on aim distinction as properly, with the golf equipment going toe-to-toe on the King Energy Stadium in fascinating season finale on Sunday.
Solskjaer was beneath intense strain himself earlier within the season however a protracted unbeaten run both aspect of the coronavirus shutdown has turned their marketing campaign round.
The Norwegian mentioned it was clear that United have been heading in the right direction.
“It’s in our personal fingers,” he mentioned. “I do not wish to speak about how a lot it (Champions League) will imply financially or to draw individuals. We simply need to concentrate on the subsequent two video games and ensure we’re there.”
Eric Bailly was taken to hospital after a nasty conflict of heads with fellow United defender Harry Maguire on Sunday and Solskjaer mentioned he was unlikely to function towards West Ham.
“Eric stayed down in London after for all of the checks,” he mentioned.
“I did not see him yesterday. He is following the protocols that is wanted so, for me, I do not assume that he’ll be prepared for this sport.”