Former Manchester United goalkeeper coach Eric Steele has claimed that David de Gea can hit a 40-yard ball more accurately than Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof and said he never agreed with the United’s coaches’ decision to build an attack from the back.
Man United tried to build attacks from the back following the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, hence why the Norwegian signed Harry Maguire from Leicester City, Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, and had preferred Victor Lindelof over Eric Bailly.
Steele believes fans would have regularly seen another top quality from David de Gea, aside from making top saves, if they allowed the Spaniard to build attacks 40 yards out.
Lindelof has provided a couple of assists from United’s own half, or let’s say close to United’s penalty box, and Steele’s claims would definitely raise eyebrows of many Manchester United fans.
“He can hit a 40-yard ball more accurately than Maguire and Lindelof,” said Steele as quoted by The Athletics. “I looked at some of his clips from his second year recently; the distribution was incredible.
“All the changes of managers and ideas are not easy, nor was the change in rules to goal kicks. I never agreed with the way United played out with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof…Because it took away one of David [de Gea]’s best attributes: his unbelievable natural ability to pass accurately and distribute the ball over distance.
Eric Steele hopes that the arrival of Ralf Rangnick may give de Gea a chance to contribute to Manchester United’s attack from his goal line.
“It’s sad to have that taken away because it was part of the reason that we bought him, we wanted a young Edwin van der Sar,” Steele added.
“Maybe that will change under Rangnick because he’s not a big lover of playing these short triangles and inviting pressure.”
Ralf Rangnick has managed two Manchester United Premier League games and won both games with clean sheets.
He used a much-rotated squad against Young Boys in the Champions League and settled for a 1-1 draw.
The German boss wants Manchester United to adopt his gegenpressing philosophy but the latest COVID-19 outbreak at United’s camp has put that on hold.
United’s recent two games against Brentford and Brighton have been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 cases.