Mata backs De Gea after Man Utd draw with Chelsea

Mata backs De Gea after Man Utd draw with Chelsea

With no senior route at United, the defender moved onto Everton and Bristol City, before returning to Manchester.

James Maddison set up Tielemans for the home side to take the lead in the second-half, before Vardy struck late on with a header and a simple tap-in from close-range to complete a 3-0 victory.

Not that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is listening to the critics.

Valencia are sixth in La Liga after losing their last two matches, but comfortably won their all-Spanish Europa League quarter-final against Villareal, with a 3-1 away win in the second leg sealing their place in the Europa League semi-finals.

But every United match is under a microscope and De Gea is developing an unfortunate habit of making his biggest blunders when the stakes are highest.

"He's been the best player at the club for seven, eight years consistently", United striker Romelu Lukaku said.

"In the first half we didn't create too much but of course it is what it is", said Guardiola, who pointed the finger at a dry pitch and what he viewed as long grass for his side lacking their usual slickness. "We have had that feeling for a long time but every game it is a little more hard with the pressure because you know it is closer". It ended 1-1.

And Burnley boss Sean Dyche said he was proud that his side had forced City into kicking the ball into the corner in a bid to kill time. "So opponents will want to test him and shoot from distance, just as Ruediger did in the build-up to Alonso's goal".

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"David has been a fantastic keeper at this club, his reaction after Manchester City was good and I was confident in him". Then came the mistake against Chelsea.

Emiliano Martinez is ready to leave Arsenal at the end of this season.

United has a perfectly adequate replacement in Sergio Romero.

Is it time for a change ahead of United's final two games, against Huddersfield and Cardiff City?

De Gea has already answered his critics in England.

United have since had largely a hit-and-miss approach to their recruitment with players signed by Alex Ferguson still forming the bedrock of a fading squad.

As the Blues fans streamed out of Old Trafford however, there was a slow realisation that there is actually one thing to hold on to that looked pretty unlikely just a few weeks ago.

Yet, with United's problems mounting, De Gea's confidence crisis is one more issue Solskjaer could do without.

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