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Paul Scholes and Ian Wright blast ‘embarrassing’ David de Gea after Manchester United’s victory over Arsenal


Paul Scholes and Ian Wright slammed Manchester United’s goalkeeper (Pictures: YouTube)

Paul Scholes and Ian Wright branded David de Gea ’embarrassing’ for his role in Arsenal’s opening goal in Manchester United’s thrilling Premier League victory at Old Trafford.

De Gea fell to the floor after being stood on by team-mate Fred from an Arsenal corner, and Emile Smith Rowe rifled a shot home from the edge of the box with the Spaniard still down.

The Manchester United players urged referee Martin Atkinson to disallow the goal but with no foul committed – and the whistle not blown until after the ball crossed the line – Arsenal took the lead.

De Gea ran over to Atkinson after he confirmed the goal stood to complain and both Scholes and Wright felt his reaction – and his initial decision to go down – was ’embarrassing’.

Despite Arsenal’s early goal at Old Trafford, Manchester United still secured a 3-2 win thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half brace and Bruno Fernandes’ first-half equaliser.

‘That’s embarrassing,’ former Red Devils midfielder Scholes told Premier League productions when asked about De Gea’s reaction. ‘You protect your goal, you do anything to stop a goal.

‘To turn away, to not even look, there’s clearly nothing wrong with him. He’s done himself.

‘I don’t think there’s much wrong with it. De Gea should be there, protecting his goal at all times. It doesn’t look that bad to me. The goal had to stand.’

Gunners legend Wright added: ‘When you see David de Gea after the goal, he’s so incensed he sprints after the referee.

‘My problem with that is there’s not enough seriously wrong with him to go down. For me, that’s embarrassing.

‘De Gea should be getting up after that challenge trying to save it and then go down if there is something wrong with you.’

Michael Carrick, who was in charge of Manchester United for three matches following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, announced he would be leaving the club after the Arsenal win.

David de Gea wanted Arsenal’s opening goal to be disallowed (Picture: Getty)

Ralf Rangnick was announced as United’s interim manager earlier in the week and will take charge of the club on Sunday against Crystal Palace.

Carrick said: ‘My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career. When I first signed over 15 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined winning so many trophies and I will certainly never forget the fantastic memories both as a player and as a member of the coaching team.

‘However, after a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave the club.

‘I want to place on record my thanks to all of the players and a special mention goes to the backroom staff, working long hours with such a great group of people has been a real pleasure and I have made some long-lasting friendships.

‘I am, and will always be, a Manchester United fan and will come to as many matches as possible.

‘I would like to wish Ralf, the staff, the players and the fans all the best for the future and I look forward to being in the stands and supporting the boys as a fan.’

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