Alan Shearer criticises David De Gea for role in Emile Smith Rowe goal

Alan Shearer criticises David De Gea for role in Emile Smith Rowe goal

Former England striker, Alan Shearer, was critical of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea last night, as the stopper went to the ground as Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe fired in from range.

Smith Rowe smashed in a volley from the edge of the box while De Gea was down injured after being stamped on by his own player. However, referee Martin Atkinson gave the goal after failing to blow the whistle before the ball hit the net.

The decision drew an angry response from United fans and players. However, it was the right call in terms of the laws of the game.

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And watching the game for Amazon Prime last night, former Newcastle man Shearer felt Arsenal did the right thing and that De Gea should take the blame for not getting up.

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“It’s a goal. I didn’t see or hear the referee blow. It’s only that his own player Fred actually stands on him,” Shearer said.

“I don’t think I’m being too harsh. I don’t think the game’s changed that much, it happens every game that someone stands on your foot or your ankle. Yes they hurt. But I’m not sure he should be staying down like that. He’s up on his feet a minute later so it couldn’t have hurt that much.”

United eventually came back to win the game. However, De Gea was scrutinised by more than just Shearer for his role in the opener.

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What was the Manchester United keeper doing? The way he went down was like he’d sustained a season ending injury.

The reality was that it was a minor knock that he should have bounced up from. If he had, then he probably saves the shot from Smith Rowe with ease and the game remains 0-0.

It was a good comeback from United in the end. But De Gea was rightly called out here and maybe he’ll think twice in the future about trying to milk a minor injury.

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