Thierry Henry claims Ederson would have done better than David de Gea against Leicester City

by Harry Robinson

Thierry Henry has criticised David de Gea’s role in Leicester City’s opening goal of a 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

The Reds threw away a second-half lead after Juan Mata scored either side of the break, with his free-kick in the second period stunningly good. But Harry Maguire netted a 94th-minute equaliser to see Man United’s gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City widen to an almost unassailable 13 points.

Jamie Vardy had opened the scoring for the home side, and Arsenal legend turned Sky Sports pundit Henry was unimpressed with the United goalkeeper.

The Frenchman claimed Man City shotstopper Ederson, signed for over £30m in the summer, would have done better than De Gea.

“Ederson would have saved that,” Henry said.

“Ederson is used to playing in a team that plays higher. De Gea could have got the ball had he come for it.”

Is it one of de Gea’s only weaknesses, failing to come out quick enough? He’s certainly got very few weaknesses, but Gary Neville, also on Sky Sports, questioned a similar thing after seeing United concede a late equaliser to Maguire.

“You have to question whether De Gea should be out there,” Neville said. “It’s three yards out from goal. But take nothing away from Leicester, a wonderful moment for those fans.”

United made a number of mistakes in both goals, and De Gea’s failure to come out was one of them, but one of the less important.

There were bigger errors from Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in central defence.

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