DAVID DE GEA has been “treated unfairly” amid continued speculation over his Manchester United future, says Peter Schmeichel.
The Spaniard – who recently passed the Dane’s number of appearances in goal at Old Trafford – has made a number of high-profile errors this season.
De Gea, United’s four-time Player of the Year, came in for heavy criticism for his costly blunders in the 3-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.
The Red Devils No1 also gave away cheap goals against Tottenham, Everton and Watford.
Many have called for Dean Henderson to be given a promotion after impressing in a two-year spell at Sheffield United.
While Roy Keane has claimed that his old club need to axe De Gea if they hope to win the Premier League title.
Yet fellow Old Trafford legend Schmeichel joined his son Kasper in leaping to United’s keeper’s defence.
The 56-year-old revealed he wants faith to be shown in De Gea who was once considered to be one of the best in the world.
He told beIN Sports: “There is an English goalkeeper, young, on loan at Sheffield United, he’s done fantastically well, he’s very, very promising and it’s a great story.
I see David de Gea as the goalkeeper for Manchester United for many years to come and I think he has been treated unfairly in all honesty
“[But] De Gea’s one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League for the last I don’t know how many years
“One of the things I believe is that the way Ole’s changed the way the team plays hasn’t fitted in with the way that De Gea has played in the last couple of years and so he would have had to make changes to his game.
“And in making changes you’re always making mistakes. If you don’t make mistakes, you don’t really learn.
“They’ve now got third place, they’ve got the Europa League to focus on now, he comes back with a couple of weeks break, comes back to a new season, he’ll be alright.
“I see David de Gea as the goalkeeper for Manchester United for many years to come and I think he has been treated unfairly in all honesty.”
De Gea kept 13 clean sheets for United during the season, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side secured Champions League qualification.
That return was just three short of Manchester City’s Golden Glove winner Ederson.