The Spaniard’s form over the last year has dropped from the performances that saw many label him as the best stopper on the planet, with uncharacteristic errors leading to criticism from some corners.
And former United captain Keane is one such pundit to have laid into De Gea in the past, with his criticism of the Red Devils goalkeeper in the 1-1 draw with Spurs last season attracting headlines.
Roy Keane has not backed down in his war of words with Man United keeper David de Gea
The former United captain has been scathing with his comments in recent months
But the Irishman has not backed down in his war of words with the Spanish goalkeeper, outlining that De Gea’s mega-money contract should give rise to criticism when he makes errors.
‘I have to say I’m still not his biggest fan. He doesn’t do enough for me,’ Keane told Sky Sports. ‘He’s on a huge contract and he’s made big mistakes that have cost United a lot of points.
‘He’s obviously played sometimes behind a really poor back four. It’s his job. He’s on a really big contract. That’s what you’re supposed to do.
De Gea said some comments from pundits about his performances were ‘disrespectful’
‘When people say he’s a good shot stopper, that’s his job. He talked about his time at the club, well he needs to be more consistent. When he does make a mistake, he will get criticised.
‘I just think some of the mistakes have been unacceptable. I don’t think I’m being too harsh. The games I’ve covered on the TV and I’ve been watching, he’s made too many mistakes.’
De Gea had remarked on the unfair criticism he feels is cast his way by pundits and ex-professionals, labelling the comments ‘disrespectful’.
But Keane said that De Gea’s lucrative contract means that criticism of him is warranted
‘It’s just the way they (pundits, former players) say the things, the headlines. It’s disrespectful,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘It’s something that players don’t like. We are having ups and downs for a long time.’
‘For me, one of the most important things is the mind. Be strong, be clever, be ready. To play every game for this club is hard, it’s a lot of pressure. You have to be very focused and very strong in the mind.’
‘I feel strong, confident in myself. There’s a lot of David yet to come. Hopefully trophies will come. We are all ready to fight for it.’