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21/01/2013 09:12

Papers: De Gea doubted

Alan Hansen writes in The Telegraph...

Sir Alex must make decision on De Gea
Manchester United's hopes of regaining the Premier League title will always be in jeopardy if David de Gea keeps making mistakes like the one against Spurs and he must surely be on his last chance now. Without a doubt he cost them three points and this is a crucial stage of the season where Sir Alex Ferguson needs to decide whether to stick with him or take him out the firing line. The result at White Hart Lane could prove a season defining moment and United cannot afford to be drawing games when they should be winning them. I'm sure they would have taken a point before kick-off but the fact they have tossed away two points in the game through a goalkeeping mistake could be massive. Manchester United would have been seven points clear of Manchester City if they had managed to keep a clean sheet, but the goalkeeper has flapped at the end and it has punished them after a very good away performance. A win at Tottenham Hotspur could have sent out a real message. Sir Alex will be loath to drop him but he has got to make a decision now because this is crunch time and they are playing for big prizes. When your team is in the last 16 of the Champions League and competing for the title, the last position you want to be in is chopping and changing the goalkeeper.

Many of today's papers focus on Sir Alex's post-match comments bemoaning Chris Foy's decision not to award United a second-half penalty when Wayne Rooney was felled inside the area. The Sun suggests the boss could be disciplined by the FA, although former official Graham Poll agrees it was a foul and says the Reds were hard done by at White Hart Lane.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail includes photos of several United players wearing 'Bugs Bunny' pyjamas ahead of Sunday's long-haul flight to Qatar. The squad have travelled there for some warm-weather training ahead of Saturday's FA Cup match with Fulham.

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