Gary Neville gives advice to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over David de Gea decision

De Gea’s future at United could hang in the balance (Picture: Getty Images)

Gary Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be ‘decisive’ and ‘ruthless’ when making a decision on David de Gea’s future at Manchester United.

After a season full of high-profile errors, there have been calls for the Spaniard to be replaced as United’s No.1.

The noise intensified when De Gea cost the Red Devils a place in the FA Cup final with his multiple blunders in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Wembley in the semis.

However, the Norwegian boss decided to stick by the 29-year-old stopper by keeping him in the starting XI for United’s last two Premier League games; the 1-1 draw with West Ham and the 2-0 win over Leicester City on the final day of the season, in which he kept a clean sheet.

With Dean Henderson waiting in the wings after a successful two-year loan spell at Sheffield United, Solskjaer has a big decision to make on who he puts between the sticks next season, and Neville insists the United boss must be merciless.

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‘In the last 18 months, he’s been riddled with mistakes and only Solskjaer can make that decision over the goalkeeper.

‘What I would say about that decision is that Solskjaer has to be decisive and ruthless with that decision, he’s got to think about himself and the club. If he thinks De Gea is going to return to the level he was at before, stick with him.

‘Before the West Ham game I was 50-50 whether Solskjaer would drop him. When I found out he was playing, I said before the game in my interview that the only time you would be able to prove whether that was the right decision or not would be on Sunday at 6pm.

‘We’re here and it looks like he’s made the right decision because leaving De Gea out on Wednesday now would have been a massive signal to everybody that Solskjaer was getting him out of the club.

‘He’s still got that decision in his hands, but he’s at least got through that until the end of the season. De Gea hasn’t put a foot wrong in the two matches.’

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