Former England international Gary Neville says David de Gea‘s drop in form is more serious than just a blip and the former defender has urged the goalkeeper to go ‘back to basics’. De Gea did not have a strong performance during Manchester United‘s 1-1 draw away at Tottenham Hotspur on Friday, taking the blame for Spurs’ opening goal.
De Gea has been struggling with his form over the past two seasons, making 7 errors leading to opposition goals since the start of last season. “He was the one player United could rely upon for the last four years but he’s not the same,” Gary Neville said on his own Podcast.
“He hasn’t been the same for some time. When form drops for six months it’s a blip but when it goes on for a year you start to worry. When it goes over two years it becomes more permanent.”
“That is now a fair representation of what De Gea is as he’s making lots of mistakes. Ones he would never make – he was always somebody you could completely rely upon. It can only be a confidence thing. The arms, legs and body are the same – it’s got to be the mind.”
“The reception he’s got in Spain has affected him. He’s even been booed by Spanish fans when he’s wearing the Spanish shirt. In the World Cup in 2018 he really struggled and from that he’s doubted himself. Mentally he’s not quite the same.”
“There’s only one thing you can do when you’re having a tough time: work. Work harder than you have ever done in your life. What will happen is that you will tell yourself the amount of work you put in you deserve to be good again. That means coming in at 7.30am and leaving at 6pm if needs be. He has to do something to stop the erosion.
“Mistakes like that can happen on the first game back but it’s happening far too much over the past couple of years.”