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Paul Scholes and Ian Wright slam David de Gea for role in Arsenal goal

David de Gea has come in for criticism for his role in Arsenal’s opening goal from Paul Scholes and Ian Wright after Emile Smith Rowe volleyed into an empty net.

In the build-up to the Gunners first, it appeared that Fred has stepped on the goalkeeper’s foot which left the Spaniard in a heap as play continued. The ball eventually fell to the England international who took the opportunity to strike on goal and after consultation with VAR the goal was given.

Luckily for United, it didn’t come to hurt them too much as Bruno Fernandes restored parity on the stroke of half-time before a Cristiano Ronaldo brace cancelled out Martin Odegaard’s second for the Londoners.

The win saw their wait for a home victory end as they picked up just their third win of the season at Old Trafford.

De Gea did go on to make an impact brilliantly denying Gabriel with a reflex save in the second half before a late spot-kick from the 36-year-old secured the three points.

But it was the first goal that provided a talking point for the respective United and Arsenal legends who were quick to target the Reds number one.

“That’s embarrassing. You protect your goal, you do anything to stop a goal,” Scholes said speaking on Premier League production.

“To turn away, to not even look, there’s clearly nothing wrong with him. He’s done himself.

“I don’t think there’s much wrong with it. De Gea should be there, protecting his goal at all times. It doesn’t look that bad to me. The goal had to stand.”

The 31-year-old has been instrumental in stopping the rot at times as their defensive frailties have been exposed this season.

But it was his actions that led to further criticism: “When you see David de Gea after the goal, he’s so incensed that he sprints after the referee,” Ian Wright added.

“My problem with that is there’s not enough seriously wrong with him to go down. For me, that’s embarrassing.

“De Gea should be getting up after that to try to save it and then go down after if there is something wrong with you.”

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