Manchester United fan and talkSPORT host Mark Goldbridge believes the club made a ‘silly’ decision to ditch goalkeeper David De Gea in the summer.
The shot-stopper spent 12 seasons at Old Trafford and even won the Premier League Golden Glove in his final campaign, despite concerns about his ability with the ball at his feet.
De Gea left Manchester United in the summer after 12 seasons at Old TraffordGetty
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Manchester United chose to let the Spaniard leave on a free transfer and replaced him with Andre Onana.
The Cameroonian cost £47million from Inter Milan but his start to the campaign hasn’t showcased the ball-playing ability he was signed for.
Instead, a 3-1 loss to Brighton means Erik ten Hag’s side have now conceded 10 goals in five games.
And YouTube star Goldbridge believes the move to swap De Gea for Onana may have come too soon to the detriment of the team.
He told talkSPORT: “I really do like Onana but it’s a mistake. It’s a mistake.
“I don’t like saying I told you so but so many people were clipping De Gea up last season, saying he’s a problem in the team. This, that, and the other.
“He’s not a problem in the team. Man United have conceded 10 goals in five games. They’re averaging two goals per game, going in.
“He’s not a problem in the team. Last season he had 17 clean sheets. We only conceded nine goals at home last season. We’ve conceded, what, five already at home. That’s over half in two games.
Goldbridge was unhappy after the loss to BrightontalkSPORT
“People need to wake up. We didn’t need to replace David De Gea. The defence worked.
“Yes, De Gea can’t play out from the back but did we need to replace the Golden Glove winner who was hardly conceding goals and the defence was solid?
“We weren’t scoring many goals this year. We aren’t scoring many goals this year but we had a strong defence.
“We’ve broken the defence up for a ball-playing goalkeeper when we don’t have a ball-playing team.
GettyTen Hag has had a tough start to the season with Man United winning two and losing three[/caption]
“I back Ten Hag but I think he did that too soon. I think they knew De Gea was out of contract and thought, ‘let’s save a bit of money and get rid of him’, but they spent £45m that could have been spent elsewhere.
“It was a really silly thing to do.
“That defence does not look anywhere near as solid as it did last year, and for what? A ball-playing goalkeeper.
“We pass the ball to the back too often now because he’s good with the ball. We didn’t used to pass backwards because we didn’t want to pass to De Gea so we would go forward.
“The team is all over the place. It’s like a brand new team. What’s the style of play at Manchester United this season? Everything we built last season seems to have disappeared.”