Manchester United’s great Peter Schmeichel has reiterated his confidence in the current shot stopper David Degea. According to Schmeichel, Degea has all the qualities they need to stay on at Old Trafford for another decade or so. With the Spaniards form and recent performances being a constant subject of both criticism and praise in equal measure, Schmeichel insisted that Degea is still the right man for the job.
Roy Keane, Schmeichel’s former teammate, has been up in arms against Degea for his continued calamitous errors that he feels continues to drag back United’s performances. Most notably, Degea’s error between the post cost his team all three points as they only secured a draw against London rivals Tottenham. An error that had Roy Keane on the attack against Degea for what he termed as a below par performance. But Schmeichel has distanced himself from the criticisms being directed towards the former Atletico Madrid skipper, insisting that he still has his full support.
Speaking with his former Club’s station MUTV, Schmeichel laid bare his thoughts about Degea both on and off the field.
“He’s been tremendous for us, there is no doubt about that. He’s stuck it through in the most difficult period of modern day Manchester United history. Its been up and down and basically, he has been our best player,” he said.
“There is no doubt about that. Four out of five years being our Player of the Year. That just tells its own story about his performances for the club.
“David is our number one – he’s still a good lad, by the way. He could play on for another 10 years. Let’s back him. We should support what we have because we know what we have is really good,” he added.
Schmeichel also took note of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking style of football saying that it was going to expose Degea in goal even more. He added that it was always easy to blame the goalkeeper in situations and styles of football like that, but that what should be the ideal situation is to protect him both defensively and as a team. He reiterated his desire to have Degea given a lot more time to adjust to Ole Gunnar’s new style of play and not to make any rush conclusions.