Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has admitted that Manchester United’s reliance on goalkeeper David de Gea is not a “good recipe” if they are to achieve their ambitions to win silverware.
Despite coming back to win with a 2-0 win over Spanish side Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night, thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, United still had to call on striker De Gea to help them with noting an impressive away win.
As he has so often done this season, De Gea made a series of fine saves to help the Reds get a winning start in life under Deputy Michael Carrick and secure their place in the last 16 of the competition.
This season, De Gea, who joined United back in 2011, has undoubtedly been the Reds’ player of the season, and his performances have attracted plenty of praise and admiration.
Had it not been for him, United could be in an even worse position than the one they are now in.
Despite his brilliance and United’s triumph in Spain, former City man Lescott believes De Gea’s time and again to save the Reds’ skin is a concern.
Lescott told BT Sport: “I think it was a bit covered by the fact that there was a clean sheet and the fact that De Gea had to make more saves will be worrying.
“Being so dependent on a goalkeeper and trying to win titles is in my opinion not a good recipe.”
In addition, Lescott also talked about how happy he was for Sancho and Carrick, with the former scoring his first United goal and Carrick winning a victory in his first match at the helm.
“I was happy for Sancho and Carrick,” Lescott continued. “I know him [Carrick] and it’s good to see it, but they’re still a long way off. “
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