‘Big money deal has made De Gea complacent’, says former United midfielder

David de Gea has become complacent ever since he has signed his new big money contract at Manchester United, says former Red Devils midfielder Paul Ince. De Gea has been United’s first choice goalkeeper for many years and has shown consistency as he picked up four Player of the Year awards during his Old Trafford period.

However, Ince believes that the goalkeeper has not been showing his true potential in recent seasons and he blames De Gea’s big contract as one of the reasons for his inconsistent performances. “Any mistake you make, as a goalkeeper, will always be magnified. We know that, but what we’re seeing from De Gea at the minute are basic, schoolboy errors.”

“They are errors that someone on his wage and at his level simply should not be making – and not for the first time, too. If you go and look at the season, there’s several absolutely horrendous mistakes that just shouldn’t be happening. In those big games, the best keepers in the world aren’t making mistakes to begin with and my feeling is that De Gea doesn’t have enough, or any, competition. He is totally complacent.”

“Sergio Romero only plays once in a blue moon (at United), but Dean Henderson is waiting in the wings, and the manager needs to create a bit of a challenge and competition at the club. Right now, De Gea knows there’s no challenger to him, that he will be the first name on the team sheet, and he’s playing like someone who knows that, too. As a player, if you think you’re going to play every game, it leads to complacency.”

“For me, Dean Henderson would be the answer. He’s playing well, getting game time and it’s something which Solskjaer needs to look at. He needs to give De Gea that challenge and drive, and this lad could be the answer. Henderson’s got the hunger and desire to get into that top spot at United.

“While maybe it’s a case of De Gea signing the massive contract he did and he thinks his job is done – he’s lost a bit of that hunger. He needs to come out now, fighting, and show us what an incredible keeper we all know he is.” Since joining United from Atletico Madrid in 2011, De Gea has made 402 appearances for Manchester United.