Manchester United news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be ‘brave’ and drop David de Gea, says Sam Allardyce on talkSPORT

Sam Allardyce believes giving the Spaniard a break would be in the best interest of the team and the player himself, to regain his confidence after an uncharacteristic shaky spell.

De Gea has faced criticism after making three errors which have led directly to goals in his last four game, against Barcelona, Manchester City and most recently Chelsea, although he still has Solskjaer’s backing.

The goalkeeper’s long-term future at the club is uncertain. United are eager to tie the 28-year-old down to a new contract, with his current deal set to expire in 2020, so dropping him from the team may not be seen as a viable option for the club’s hierarchy if they want to keep him happy.

But Allardyce believes it’s the best decision for the team and has challenged Solskjaer to make the right call.

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