Manchester United fans were critical of David De Gea during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City after the Spaniard’s error led to Mark Hughes’ side grabbing a late equaliser.
De Gea’s failure to gather Glen Johnson’s shot led to Jon Walters striking the bar, allowing Allen, taking advantage of the goalkeeper’s woeful positioning, to sweep home from point blanc range after 82 minutes.
Stoke’s equaliser came after a sustained period of domination from the home side, hallmarked by an ability to create clear-cut chances but a failure to actually take any of them.
Man United fans were quick to vent their frustration towards the Spaniard.
Really poor goalkeeping from De Gea there. No excuses. Should be doing better.
— UnitedReview (@TheUtdReview) October 2, 2016
Sorry but what is De Gea doing for that goal?! Unacceptable.
— Jack (@UnitedHeaven_) October 2, 2016
David de Gea 2011 making his untimely return at Old Trafford.
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) October 2, 2016
De Gea again with a massive mistake. Makes one per match. Most overrated GK in history.
— Ahead of the Curve (@mediocentr0) October 2, 2016
De Gea’s mishap serves as a potent illustration of how unforgiving life can be for a goalkeeper. Outfield players can make mistakes throughout an entire game and be lauded at the end; with goalkeepers, however, one mistake precipitates a cacophony of criticism.
But in this particular case, De Gea must accept the denigration that comes his way: it was an awkward but largely plaintive effort from Johnson that should’ve been easily gathered. And with United 1-0 and playing with a spring in their step, allowing Stoke to salvage a point despite their manifest inferiority can be damaging.
That said, United fans will know that, despite his error, De Gea serves as a fundamental aspect of Mourinho’s squad, and has saved his teammates more than one would care to mention in recent years.