By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
David de Gea should have saved Dimitri Payet’s sensational free-kick as Manchester United drew 1-1 in their FA Cup quarter-final clash against West Ham.
That is the verdict of United legend Paul Scholes, who claims the Spanish goalkeeper did not move his feet quick enough to keep out the curling long-ranger.
Payet’s 68th minute effort put West Ham on course for the FA Cup semi-finals before Anthony Martial rescued the home side with an 82nd minute equaliser to take the clash to a replay at Upton Park.
Observers immediately hailed Payet’s strike as one of the best free-kicks in the competition since Paul Gascoigne’s famous 1991 stunner Arsenal.
But Scholes is convinced De Gea could have kept out the latest in a string of magnificent goals from the West Ham playmaker.
“He’ll be disappointed,” Scholes told BT Sport afterwards. “What was it, 35 yards out? I expect him to move his feet quicker. The goalkeeper has been sensational the last two or three seasons but deep down, himself, he’ll be disappointed with that.”
Chided by fellow pundit Stuart Pearce for being too harsh on De Gea, Scholes replied, “I would have saved it.”
The ex-midfielder claimed United team were far more impressive than against Liverpool in midweek, when they lost 2-0 at Anfield, but believes West Ham have the edge in the tie.
“It was important they get some kind of result after what happened at Liverpool, and they did that by getting a draw,” Scholes said. “I think they did alright. They controlled possession like they usually do at Old Trafford, but a draw was a fair result.
“I would still make West Ham slight favourites going back to their place.”