Paul Scholes: David de Gea should have saved Dimitri Payet’s free-kick

by Ben Topliss

Paul Scholes believes David de Gea should have saved the free-kick that Dimitri Payet scored in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Payet, from 35 yards out, stepped up and curled a delightful free-kick over the wall and into De Gea’s net during the second half at Old Trafford to give West Ham the lead.

Anthony Martial then grabbed an equaliser in the dying moments of the game to earn a replay for Man United. Scholes, a United legend, insisted De Gea should have done better.

“I think the keeper, with the quality of David de Gea, I think he’ll be disappointed,” Scholes said.

“Look how far out it is, 35, 36 yards out. I expect if it’s a [Cristiano] Ronaldo free-kick where it’s moving all over the place… but it’s a whipped one, he’s not smashed it. I think De Gea will be disappointed and I think he should get across and save it.”

Payet’s free-kick had speed, bend and it hit the inside of the post before going in.

It is harsh for Scholes to say De Gea should have saved it but the Spaniard’s performances this term have given supporters confidence that he can save just about anything. In any case, Payet was fortunate to be on the pitch. Another referee might have given the Frenchman a second yellow card for what looked like a dive prior to the goal.

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