Erik ten Hag defends ‘magnificent’ David de Gea after Spain World Cup snob

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has paid tribute to David de Gea after leaving behind the disappointment of missing out on Spain’s provisional World Cup squad with a terrific performance in the 1-0 win over West Ham United.

De Gea was in superb form against the Hammers, making sprawling late saves to deny Kurt Zouma and Declan Rice as United hung on for three vital points at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old had made a few mistakes earlier in the season, including against Brentford in a shock 4-0 defeat for Unitedand was once again left out of Spain’s squad for the September international break.

It was then confirmed that De Geawho had not been called up by his country since November 2021, had failed to make it into Luis Enrique’s provisional 55-man squad for this winter’s World Cup, with five other goalkeepers selected ahead of him.

But after his latest display of superb shot-stopping, Ten Hag decided to defend his number one keeper, hailing him as a “magnificent” goalkeeper who he says can develop his passing game – an area which according to the criticism, cost De Gea his place. in Spain world Cup to party.

“Everyone has their own opinion and philosophy,” Ten Hag said. “For me, the first thing about a goalkeeper is that you have to protect the goal, so make sure you don’t concede any goals and as such he is magnificent.

“And on the feet, for me, he also has the ability. This season he is improving from game to game in this part. It has not only to do with the goalkeeper but also with the one in front: how to give the goalkeeper options to make passes. Because when they don’t bring freedom or they are in bad positions, he doesn’t have the options to make passes.

“But I’m confident he can do it and I think the games so far prove that. I think he will improve game by game in this game.”

This article originally appeared on 90min as Erik ten Hag defends ‘magnificent’ David de Gea after Spain World Cup snob.


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