David De Gea was in absolute shambles against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
The Spaniard let in three goals and embarrassed his side throughout the 3-1 defeat. The opener by Olivier Giroud was reminiscent of another poor performance by him two years ago at the World Cup with Cristiano Ronaldo on the scoring end.
However, it was the second one from Mason Mount that ended up really creating doubts in the minds of Manchester United supporters as the keeper botched an easy attempt.
While the third one can be excused due to Harry Maguire deflecting it by virtue of his poor defending, it was certainly of the type that he has been making far too often as of late.
Fans stormed to Twitter to express dismay over the keeper’s performance and more than a few voiced their desire for Dean Henderson to be recalled by United and oust De Gea from his spot.
— (@_Rob_B) July 19, 2020
Calling for Dean Henderson is not even reactionary now.
De Gea hasn’t been himself since the 2018 World Cup, it’s officially time.
— JoshGI (@JoshGI97) July 19, 2020
I’ve backed David De Gea time after time and I have found it so difficult to write this but I think now it’s time for Dean Henderson.
— WHF! (@mufcwesleyy) July 19, 2020
My patience has now run out.
Dean Henderson will be Man Utd’s no.1 next season. Or at least he should be. pic.twitter.com/RmMFq2og81
— Karthik Shyamsundar (@MrKartShyam) July 19, 2020
It’s Henderson v Romero for me next season. Whoever the manager thinks will make the fewest mistakes.
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) July 19, 2020
Worst thing about De Gea’s catastrophic decline is that Dean Henderson maybe a season short of being ready to be United’s no.1. He’s a level ahead of De Gea right now but still raw. Tough decision for next season now with De Gea looking so useless. #mufc
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) July 19, 2020
I am sorry but even Dean Henderson doesn’t look ready for that Number 1 spot.
Playing for Sheffield and Manchester United are two separate things. He’s been very good this season and credit where due but starting as Manchester United keeper is the toughest job.
— The United Link (@TheUnitedLink) July 19, 2020
While critics will point out that Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s biggest error was not retaining his in-form front-three from the start of the game itself, fans will now critic the choice to field De Gea over Sergio Romero. In fact, the Argentine goalkeeper had only let in a single goal in the FA Cup this season, prior to this fixture.
The Spaniard simply hasn’t been at the top of his game for over a year now and several supporters will be questioning his immediate future at the club.
While this heavy defeat does come at the back of a good Premier League record of cleansheets he set against Crystal Palace, his nearly decade-long tenure with the club is appearing to be an increasingly shaky one as he slowly makes his way through what were expected to be the best years of his career.
United need a good win in at least one of their two Premier League games ahead in order to secure Champions League football for next season and how De Gea succeeds or fails at keeping goals out will decide the importance of the presently tied goal-difference with Leicester City.