Former England goalkeeper David James claims David De Gea “doesn’t help Manchester United” as much as his back-up Sergio Romero can.
Argentinean Romero started the season in goal for Manchester United with De Gea’s future uncertain amid interest from Real Madrid.
Despite looking far less convincing than his counterpart, Romero kept three clean sheets in four Premier League games before De Gea was reintegrated into the starting line-up.
The Spaniard has conceded five goals in six games in all competitions since returning, and former Liverpool and Manchester City keeper James believes Romero is the better option for Louis van Gaal.
“When he plays Manchester United do let in quite a few goals,” James, speaking on De Gea, told Star Sports. “Romero starts the season with three clean sheets. People were questioning why De Gea wasn’t playing, then he comes back and has one clean sheet.
Asked whether he feels De Gea is not commanding enough, James replied: “I think he makes some wonderful saves; he’s very athletic. But I think, in the bigger picture of the goalkeeping art, he doesn’t help Manchester United as much as perhaps Romero can.
“It’s interesting that he didn’t go to Real Madrid, or was it that Madrid weren’t that eager on buying him? With [Keylor] Navas in goal for them, he’s having a stellar season so far.”