Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has admitted Manchester United’s reliance on goalkeeper David de Gea is not a “good recipe” if they are to achieve their silverware winning ambitions.
Despite United’s 2-0 win over Spain’s Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening, United were still on their way to victory thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho. record an impressive away win.
As he has so often this season, De Gea made a series of fine saves to help the Reds get off to a winning start under caretaker manager Michael Carrick and secure their place in the last-16 of the competition.
This season, De Gea, who joined United in 2011, was arguably the Reds’ Player of the Season, and his performance has garnered much praise and admiration.
Without him United could be in an even worse position than they are currently in.
Despite his brilliance and United’s triumph in Spain, former City player Lescott believes the fact that De Gea has to save the Reds’ skin time and again is a concern.
Lescott told BT Sport: “I think it was somewhat capped by the fact that there was a clean sheet and the fact that De Gea had to make multiple saves is going to be a matter of concern.
“To be so dependent on a goalkeeper and try to win titles is not a good recipe in my opinion.”
In addition, Lescott also spoke about how happy he was for Sancho and Carrick, with the former scoring his first United goal and Carrick taking a win in his first game in charge.
“I was happy for Sancho and Carrick,” Lescott continued. “I know him [Carrick] and it was nice to see that, but they are still a long way off.”
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