'His time is up': Football world erupts over David De Gea shocker

Andrew Reid
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Pictured here, Manchester United keeper David de Gea during the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
David de Gea made two costly errors in Manchester United's FA Cup semi-final defeat. Pic: Getty

David de Gea's forgettable run of form has hit a new low after a disastrous showing in Manchester United's humbling 3-1 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals.

The United goalkeeper was at fault for two of the Blues' goals at Wembley, with Harry Maguire's own goal capping off an equally poor game for the Red Devils' captain.

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De Gea was roundly mocked on social media after his lame attempt to stop Olivier Giroud's opening goal just before half-time.

However, the Spain international's biggest blunder came after the break when he let a Mason Mount shot from outside the box squeeze through him at the near post.

The rot continued for United in the 74th minute when Maguire left de Gea wrong-footed after inexplicably diverting the ball into his own net.

Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty in the dying stages but it wasn't enough to spare United's embarrassment.

The criticism was particularly scathing towards de Gea - whose worrying dip in form has seen him commit a series of high-profile errors this season and last.

Once regarded as one of the best keepers in world football, fans are now calling for his axing from United, with Maguire also coming in for his fair share of criticism.

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"David knows he should have saved the second goal but that's done now," United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

"It's hard for a keeper to make amends, apart from David making two or three fantastic saves after."

It summed up United's misfortune that the third goal in the 74th came from Maguire accidentally turning the ball past de Gea at the near post when under pressure from Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger.

With three years remaining on De Gea's contract, United have a quandary over the future of one of their highest-paid players who was once considered the world's top goalkeeper.

United earned a 19th spot kick of the season - converted by Bruno Fernandes in the 85th after Anthony Martial was fouled by Callum Hudson-Odoi - bit it could not spark a late comeback.

Seen here, Harry Maguire scored an own goal in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea.
Harry Maguire's own goal summed up an embarrassing performance from United. Pic: Getty

It means Frank Lampard's first season as Chelsea manager will end with an cup final against London rivals Arsenal - who beat Manchester City 2-0 a day earlier.

It will be a harder route to a second final in August, with Chelsea trailing 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16.

"We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves," Lampard, who won the FA Cup four times as a Chelsea player, said.

"But we can certainly enjoy the performance and the result."

In this pandemic-delayed conclusion to the season, Solskjaer is chasing continental glory through the Europa League with United.

Chelsea and United will be hoping to secure Champions League spots in the upcoming final week of the Premier League season - and not be relying on winning continental competitions to qualify.

with AAP