Man Utd 0 – Paris Saint-Germain 2: Sloppy De Gea leaves Van Gaal with goalkeeping dilemma

Man Utd 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 2: Sloppy De Gea Leaves Van Gaal With Goalkeeping Dilemma

Real Madrid-target De Gea had a nightmare first half against Paris Saint Germain as United ended their US tour with their first defeat in four games.

De Gea started sloppily by making an early error and was then at fault for PSG’s first goal here last night before being replaced at half-time.

It means De Gea will be seriously under-cooked for the opener having had only 107 minutes of action in two tour games.

But his form and focus will be more of a concern for manager Van Gaal.

 

He made his debut here at Chicago’s Solider Field four years ago when United beat Chicago Fire 3-1 and last night’s performance raised questions whether this was his last for the club.

After only two minutes he mis-kicked a routine clearance straight to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of all people, and was hugely relieved to see the Swede lift the chance high over the bar.

But the incident seemed to unsettle him and he lapsed again for PSG’s first goal after 26 minutes.

He failed to react quick enough to deal with Maxwell’s through ball and the communication break down with defenders Phil Jones and Luke Shaw resulted in Shaw inadvertently stabbing the ball into his own net.

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David De Gea was sloppy against Paris Saint-Germain

Shaw couldn’t disguise his frustration clearly believing the goalkeeper should always be in charge of a through ball situation.

He didn’t re-appear for the second half and now Van Gaal has to decide whether De Gea is in the right frame of mind to play in the opener at Old Trafford on August 8.

Van Gaal’s problem is that new keeper Sergio Romero hasn’t kicked a ball for United yet because his international clearance hadn’t come through for him to take any part in last night’s game.

Anders Lindegaard has played only 45 minutes and is on his way out of the club as is last season’s No 2 Victor Valdes.

It means that youngster Sam Johnstone has played more minutes – 208 – than any of the other goalkeepers. And he is due to go on loan to Preston.

Van Gaal made seven changes over the course of 90 minutes with only Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind playing the full game.

Bastian Schweinsteiger started but lasted only until half-time and failed to track Ibrahimovic’s run for the second goal.

Rooney fired just over an Depay forced a save out of PSG keeper Kevin Trapp in the first half when Ibrahimovic squandered another chance when he directed a free heard wide after Lucas Moura’s corner had eluded Shaw.

One of the highlights of the first half was a magnificent cross-field ball by Blind that dropped on a sixpence for Juan Mata who showed great control and produced a neat finish only for the effort to be disallowed for offside.

United had most of the second half with youngster Andreas Pereira impressing again.

But it was PSG who went closest again when Youssouf Sabaly fired into the side netting after a mistake by Michael Carrick.

The defeat has given Van Gaal plenty of food for though as he flew back to Manchester with his squad immediately after the game while PSG celebrated winning the International Champions Cup.

Man Utd (4-2-3-1): De Gea (Johnstone 45); Darmian, Jones (Smalling 65), Blind, Shaw (Valencia 65); Carrick (Goss 81), Schweinsteiger (Schneiderlin 45); Mata (Lingard 81), Depay, Young (Pereira 45); Rooney.

Man Utd 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 2: Sloppy De Gea Leaves Van Gaal With Goalkeeping Dilemma
Man Utd 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 2: Sloppy De Gea Leaves Van Gaal With Goalkeeping Dilemma
Man Utd 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 2: Sloppy De Gea Leaves Van Gaal With Goalkeeping Dilemma
Man Utd 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 2: Sloppy De Gea Leaves Van Gaal With Goalkeeping Dilemma
Man Utd 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 2: Sloppy De Gea Leaves Van Gaal With Goalkeeping Dilemma

Man Utd 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 2: Sloppy De Gea Leaves Van Gaal With Goalkeeping Dilemma

Man Utd 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 2: Sloppy De Gea Leaves Van Gaal With Goalkeeping Dilemma