Viewers of this evening’s clash between Crystal Palace and Manchester United have taken to Twitter to point to point to a weakness in the goalkeeping repertoire of Red Devils shot-stopper David De Gea, after Patrick Van Aaanholt doubled the home side’s lead.
The two sides are currently locked in action at Selhurst Park, with hosts Palace having come into proceedings on the back of no wins from their last 5 league outings, the latest of which saw the Eagles fall to a hugely-disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Tottenham courtesy of a late Harry Kane strike.
Manchester United, meanwhile, bounced back from a shock 1-0 loss away to Newcastle 3 weeks ago with 2 wins and a draw from their last 3 games, including a crucial 2-1 victory over Chelsea last time out.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 5, 2018
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 5, 2018
Unsurprisingly, Manchester United were labelled as clear favourites ahead of kick-off, meaning there was shock amongst viewers when Palace took the lead with just 11 minutes on the clock, courtesy of Andros Townsend.
After Christian Benteke was slipped in down the left side of United’s box, the burly Belgian hitman cut inside, before laying a pass off to the incoming Townsend on the edge of the area.
And the English wide man’s ensuing driven effort took a massive deflection off of Victor Lindelof, leaving David De Gea wrong-footed and arrowing perfectly into the top-right hand corner of United’s goal.
Incredibly, things soon got worse for Jose Mourinho’s travelling giants, as a quick free-kick inside United’s half just after the interval saw Patrick Van Aanholt given a clear path to goal, with the Dutch flyer making no mistake with his finish, driving home at the near post of David De Gea.
While Van Aanholt’s finish was an impressive one, fans couldn’t help but point to the fact that David De Gea was beaten rather easily at his near post, after the Spanish shot-stopper also allowed Willian to smash home at his near post during United’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea last weekend:
2 goals in 2 games at de gea’s near post. Nothing said…?
— Dane (@Dane99_) March 5, 2018
De Gea beaten at his near post AGAIN.
But apparently he’s better than Neuer??♂️??♂️??♂️
— ??♂️ (@nxxhrxf) March 5, 2018
De Gea needs a bit of practise on his near post saves!
— Jimmy Ryan (@JimmyJumpers16) March 5, 2018
Is that De Gea getting beat at his near post again? ?
— Pagan ? (@RenegadeKyle1) March 5, 2018
When are we gonna talk about ‘The Best’ keeper in the world De Gea and how he continues to get beaten at the near post #TouchlineFracas
— Jordan.H (@_Jordz99) March 5, 2018
David De Gea and his near post. Sket ???????????
— FΔHI ? (@feeFahifofum) March 5, 2018
De Gea concedes at his near post *pretends to be shocked*
— Sa’eed S Z (@Sae_SZ) March 5, 2018
Sky should mention that de gea was beaten at his near post there, they won’t but, they should
— J (@GobshiteKopite) March 5, 2018
De Gea beaten at the near post yet again….we gonna blame the wind/ref or the sun this time then? ??♂️??♂️
— Nubaid (@RamboFYI) March 5, 2018
World class De Gea getting beaten easily at his near post. Now, if it had been directly at him . . .
— Adam Hooper (@Spur81) March 5, 2018