Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal criticised David de Gea and warned there will be more ‘boring’ meetings after the win over Liverpool.
De Gea made his first start of the season in the 3-1 victory at Old Trafford after signing a new four-year deal on Friday and he made two smart saves, one in the second half to deny Jordan Ibe which caught the eye, but he was far from perfect – a fact which did not go unnoticed by Van Gaal.
“As a manager you are never satisfied. The fans are very satisfied, the fans are very pleased with David de Gea for example, but I have a criticism for him and I am sorry I have to say that,” said Van Gaal.
“And that’s for all the players. I want to improve every individual, but because of that you also improve the team performance, which is what we are doing.
“It means a lot of meetings and a lot of training sessions. I have heard the words ‘boring’ and ‘too rigid’, but it is like that.
“I think that every player has to be very happy with his profession because he makes from his hobby his living. Then you have to show your professional attitude,” he added.
Former United defender and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville thinks the Spaniard will save United plenty of points this season.
“It’s a big thing for Manchester United to have him stay for the rest of this season,” he told The Gary Neville Podcast.
“If Manchester United had Sergio Romero in the net today – it’s no disrespect to him – maybe one or two of those moments Liverpool had wouldn’t have been saved.
“He made a really good save at the end from Jordon Ibe, so I think when you look at it and think about De Gea today, he will save Manchester United points.
“Graeme Souness put a number on it before the game – I think he said 15 points. Whether it’ll be that much, we don’t know, but what I would say is that he will definitely win them matches.”