Ill-equipped for the modern game
In addition to making a long list of blunders, De Gea also demonstrated his inability to adapt to the demands of modern football and continued to be shaky when it came to distributing the ball, particularly when he came under pressure.
De Gea's lack of ball-playing ability is hardly a new phenomenon and is one of the main reasons why he has not played for Spain since 2020. But his shortcomings have come under increased scrutiny since Erik ten Hag took charge last summer.
The Spaniard's gaffes against Brentford and Sevilla were the most glaring examples of his poor kicking ability, but throughout the season he struggled whenever he was asked to play out from the back. Newcastle gave him a torrid time in their dominant 2-0 win over United in April, and after a couple of close shaves, De Gea just resorted to booting the ball downfield, gifting possession straight back to the Magpies. The same thing kept on happening against City in the FA Cup final.
De Gea's shortcomings with the ball at his feet led to Ten Hag abandoning his plans to have more possession in United's half and forced him to enact a different style of play to when he was in charge of Ajax and had an outstanding ball-playing goalkeeper in Andre Onana.
Hier mal ein totaler Verriss von de Gea.
das deckt sich mit der von mir geposteten Videoanalyse zu de Gea weiter oben. Also eine harte Umstellung zu Neuer und eigentlich gar nicht, was wir suchen. Gehe auch nicht davon aus, dass de Gea jetzt noch zu einem gut mitspielenden Torwart wird.