Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher clashed over whether David de Gea was to blame for Arsenal’s opening goal in Manchester United’s defeat on Sunday.
De Gea was beaten twice by the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium, letting Granit Xhaka’s long-range strike swerve past him in the first half before conceding a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty.
The Xhaka goal was the cause of much debate, with De Gea left completely stranded as the strike shifted in mid-air with the Spaniard rooted to the ground.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer absolved the keeper of blame, denying Neville’s claims that his ongoing contract discussions might have distracted him.
In 16 Conclusions, De Gea’s decision not to rely on his supreme reactions was questioned.
The arguments continued in the Sky Sports studio, as David Jones oversaw a heated debate between Neville and Carragher.
The full short, sharp transcript is below:
GN: “In terms of the goal, I thought David de Gea made a big mistake and I think, to be fair for that, Man Utd lost the game because in the second half it allowed Arsenal to play on the counter-attack.”
DJ: “Jamie wasn’t sure about it…
GN: “I don’t know why he wasn’t sure about it. It’s gone in the centre of the goal from 30 yards, it’s not even a debate.”
JC: “Why has everyone got to have the same opinion as you?”
GN: “If the ball goes in the centre of the net from 30 yards, it’s not a debate.”
JC: “So if the ball takes a deflection… it moved that much!”
GN: “David de Gea is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He’s made a mistake, simple as that. At the end of the day, it’s got to be a goalkeeping error.”
JC: “But how big is the swing from one side to the other?”
GN: “It swings early!”
JC: “It swings early? It doesn’t! By the time it gets to the penalty spot it shifts.”
GN: “I don’t want to focus on it too much. I think it’s a mistake and it was a determining factor in that match.”