Manchester United fans have picked up on a key difference between how Dean Henderson and David de Gea deal with crosses into the box.
De Gea remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s most-trusted goalkeeper, with Henderson largely restricted to domestic cup outings, plus the odd Premier League and Champions League game.
Henderson started against Real Sociedad last week before De Gea returned against Newcastle on Sunday, and fans noticed how De Gea reacted to an almost identical cross to one Henderson faced in midweek in completely the opposite fashion.
Throughout his time in England, the Spaniard has struggled with crosses into the box, particularly in his early years after signing from Atletico Madrid.
De Gea’s reluctance to come for a cross against Newcastle resulted in United conceding the opening goal on Sunday.
The ball was hoisted into the air and Maguire could only head into the path of Allan Saint-Maximin, who finished past De Gea.
While Maguire took the brunt of the criticism for his header, De Gea’s reluctance to come off his goalline to claim the cross has been highlighted by supporters.
By contrast, a very similar cross against Sociedad was easily plucked out of the sky by Henderson, who relieved all the pressure on his backline with his aggressive starting position.
After highlighting the two contrasting approaches on Reddit, here’s what United fans had to say.
Reddeviler : De Gea should have come out to collect that. It’s slow lofted cross and in his 6-yard box. That puts pressure on the defence to not only get back and cover but also get a good clearance out of the danger area.
youhavenoempathy : I defended De Gea and I’m genuinely shocked he didn’t go out for that. It’s an easier cross to pick down, and he just stands there.
tcrz : It’s crazy how the same cross can be so dangerous in some situations and in another situation it looks completely harmless due to how the keeper reacts.
tibles20 : I love De Gea but he has made a lot of mistakes so I would play Henderson