David James: Why Man United should drop David De Gea for Arsenal clash

The former Manchester City goalkeeper says Louis van Gaal should start David De Gea

David James has claimed that Sergio Romero is a better all-round goalkeeper for Manchester United than David De Gea.

The Argentina international kept three successive clean sheets in United’s opening three Premier League games of the season before a 2-1 defeat by Swansea City at Liberty Stadium.

De Gea was restored to the United line-up in their next three Premier League outings, and while the Red Devils have secured three successive victories, the Spanish shot stopper has conceded three times.

And former Liverpool and Manchester City goalkeeper James reckons Romero is a more commanding presence and can organise the United defence better than 24-year-old De Gea.

“When he does play, they do let in quite a few goals,” James told Football Today.

“Romero starts the season and he gets three clean sheets, and we’ve been questioning why he isn’t playing.

“Then he comes back in and keeps another clean sheet.”

James added: “I think he makes some wonderful saves and he is very athletic, but the bigger picture of the goalkeeping art, he doesn’t help as much as United can.”

De Gea was on the brink of a big-money move to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window before the deal fell through on La Liga’s deadline day.

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United manager Louis van Gaal omitted De Gea from his first four United squads of the season for the Premier League before he restored the goalkeeper after his future was concluded.

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