Pundit issues scathing De Gea verdict as Man United teammates 'embarrassed' by him
Paddy Kenny insists David de Gea will be feeling “embarrassed” following his role in Arsenal’s first goal against Man United on Thursday (2 December).
The former Leeds United stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the Gunners did the right thing in playing on as the goalkeeper went down.
De Gea, 31, went down holding his ankle after teammate Fred made contact while defending a first-half corner.
Emile Smith-Rowe put the ball in the net and after a lengthy period, the goal was awarded despite the protests of Man United’s players.
De Gea was fit enough to play the rest of the game and Kenny insists Man United should have played to whistle.
“It’s a difficult one but it was his own player who touched him,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
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“Whether it’s ungentlemanly conduct from Arsenal, I don’t know. Should they have kicked it out?
“I think that is beside the point. You play to the whistle. Until the whistle goes you carry on.
“You are taught that at a young age. Arsenal are desperate to win games, you don’t expect them to kick it out if the rest hasn’t blown his whistle.
“De Gea should be stronger there. Unless he’s suffered a serious injury then the game goes on. I imagine he’s embarrassed, I would be, his teammates will be.
“Obviously he played the rest of the game so he was fine. It was so strange, I’ve never seen it before.”
Man United eventually won the game 3-2.
A Ronaldo brace and a Bruno Fernandes strike lifted the Red Devils up to seventh in the Premier League.