De Gea has come under fire for several weeks, after losing his place in the United senior team before taking back between the sticks for the Europa League final but failing to save a single penalty in a tense shootout.
It was then De Gea who would miss the crucial penalty against Villarreal after all on-field takers had been exhausted, and the criticism has poured in ever since regarding the Spaniard’s future in the side.
David De Gea has received an impassioned defence from his former coach Gabino Rodriguez
Rodriguez says ‘the big problem is Solskjaer’s tactical organisation’ and not De Gea’s form
Now, Gabino Rodriguez, who worked with De Gea as his coach at Spain U21 level, says the blame rests purely with Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s tactics and a poor defence which is not adequately protecting the goalkeeper.
Speaking to the Sun, Rodriguez said: ‘I always believe the team is a true reflection of the character of its coach. Look at the one led by Sir Alex Ferguson and that would show no mercy.
‘Ole’s team is softer than a muffin and David is suffering the consequences of the defensive frailties.
He went on to add his view that United have ‘defensive frailties’ and ‘are softer than a muffin’
‘You need to protect your best asset in the team, but there is just an uncontrolled mess between midfield and defence with gaps.
‘Basically Ole’s team has a brutal defensive weakness. The two centre-backs are too slow, they are not commanding and other teams are well aware of it.
‘The big problem is Solskjaer’s tactical organisation. United’s defensive deficiencies are undervaluing De Gea and Ole just doesn’t convince me.’
Rodriguez went on to highlight how the team of present say is much different to that of the iconic sides of yesteryear, in that it is lacking players of grit and determination.
In a parting blow, Rodriguez added that he sees striker Edinson Cavani as the best defenders
In a parting blow to United, Rodriguez went on to highlight how he sees veteran striker Edinson Cavani as the best defender at the club, despite the tens of millions Solskjaer has spent on his back line and the world record acquisition of Harry Maguire.
Rodriguez added: ‘In the old days, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes not only dictated games, but did the dirty work and were the defensive backbone.
‘In Ole’s team, Edinson Cavani is the best defender!’
De Gea has been linked with moves back to Spain this summer, along with reported interest from Paris Saint Germain.
The 30-year-old is United’s top earner star, believed to pocket in the region of £19.5million per year.