Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has lambasted David De Gea’s astonishing interview after Sunday’s defeat to Newcastle.
United were humbled 1-0 on Tyneside to leave them just two points ahead of the drop zone and afterwards De Gea was asked his thoughts on the St James’ Park defeat.
But rather that pinpointing what had gone wrong for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men the keeper, who has just penned a new huge new deal at Old Trafford, was at a loss to explain what had happened.
In an extraordinary interview the 28-year-old was rendered almost speechless and claimed “I don’t know what is happening”.
That reaction though has not gone down well with Ince, 51, who has told Paddy Power he should be one of United’s leaders.
“I watched David de Gea’s post-match interview and I was at a loss. He’s meant to be one of the leaders, if that was Peter Schmeichel standing there, there’s no chance you’d have seen that interview. Rather than him addressing and recognising where the team were going wrong, it just felt like ‘I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.’
“This is one of the top players, the leaders at Man Utd, who has just signed a five-year contract! And he looks like he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on.
“If you’re a United fan listening to your goalkeeper, one of the main leaders in the team, and that’s the interview you here you’d be right to be disgraced. I’d be looking thinking, Jesus, he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on – I bet he’s regretting signing that contract.
“You can’t blame the young players either, and in fact, I wonder how many of those are even good enough really. You look back to the academy days of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes etcetera and you just don’t get those kinds of players anymore, especially not all in one group together.
“So, while it’s unfair to compare them to those, I would also say that some of them are just good young players. Looking at the youth that played against Newcastle, and being realistic, how many of them will be playing first-team football on a regular basis in two or three years’ time? I’m not convinced.”