David De Gea’s bravery has been called into question after Arsenal scored as the Manchester United goalkeeper lay on the ground injured.
And former England international Trevor Sinclair believes new interim manager Ralf Rangnick may consider sacking the Spaniard for good.
With Rangnick in the stands, the Red Devils overcame a bizarre moment when Emile Smith Rowe opened the scoring, finally sealing a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Gunners on Thursday night.
But the opening goal continues to spark controversy as Arsenal have been cleared to score with De Gea down and in the wrong way.
Referee Martin Atkinson whistled after Smith Rowe’s long-range effort crossed the line – and a VAR exam proved De Gea’s foot was trampled on by his own teammate Fred.
Therefore, without fail, there was no reason why the goal should not stand.
Some have argued that the referee could have stopped the game with a serious injury had De Gea been spotted on the ground earlier, which would have prevented Smith Rowe’s unopposed strike.
But with the Spaniard back on his feet moments later, the decision to let play continue and award the goal ultimately turned out to be correct.
And ex-Manchester City winger Sinclair believes the only thing to blame for the goal is De Gea’s lack of courage.
“They got it right,” Sinclair said. “We’ve all been crushed in the ankles, it’s not going to get worse.
“You can get back on your feet, wait for the ball to come out of play, and then get the medical help you need.
“I can’t believe how badly De Gea lacks courage. I am really disappointed, his teammates will be disappointed, the technical staff and all the fans will be disappointed.
“Sometimes when you step on the pitch you have to feel a little bit of pain – and it wasn’t enough.
“And it cost his team a goal because Smith Rowe’s shot wasn’t great.”
He continued: “With Ralf [Rangnick] entering, wanting to play a high line, I think he’s going to have to be the sweeper’s keeper.
“So De Gea’s time at Man United is probably going to end pretty quickly. “
He added, “For me it’s a little acid test, how big is your heart? And he let them down.
Meanwhile, talkSPORT host Jason Cundy was also stunned by De Gea’s reaction to Fred’s contact.
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The former Chelsea striker told talkSPORT: “I saw him lying down and I’m like, ‘This must be bad’.
“I missed what happened. I say to myself: ‘He must have twisted his knee’.
“So that he is lying in his goal, back to play, facing the ground?” It’s embarassing!
“The fact that it’s not a bad injury is even more embarrassing for De Gea. Get up !
“He’s lying on the goal line, facing the opposite. Think about it. As a goalkeeper!
He added: “We all got our foot on it. It hurts. It hurts as much standing as lying on the goal line. “
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