OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has been told to drop goalkeeper David De Gea to prove he can make the tough decisions at Manchester United.
De Gea is going through a poor run of form which have seen a series of mistakes in high-profile matches cost United.
The latest came on Sunday when he spilled a 30-yard shot from Antonio Rudiger to allow Marcos Alonso to equalise for Chelsea in the 1-1 draw which leaves their hopes of a top four finish hanging by a thread.
Former Arsenal and England star Ian Wright says the time has come for Solskjaer to act – especially amid suggestions there are doubts among the United squad over his ability to take charge of such a big club.
Wright told Five Live: “There’s something that’s not right.
“If he [Solskjaer] really wants to stamp his mark and let people know he isn’t afraid to make decisions, he should take him out.
“If the manager explains everything and tells him face to face why he’s leaving him out and giving him a break, that’s man-management – and that’s what Solskjaer has to do.”
Wright does not believe De Gea, 28, has passed his best as a keeper but believes it would be in his interests if he was left out.
The pundit suggests it would be better long term for the Spanish international to just get away from the pressures he has been under.
Wright added: “He needs to go on holiday and sort his contract out. Sometimes you have to take someone out the firing line.
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“He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he just needs a break. There’s a lot going on and he’s under a lot of pressure.
“When you look at how United are playing at the moment, putting him in that situation is putting him under more pressure.
“He’s made three very uncharacteristic mistakes in a short period. To take him out for a very good understudy isn’t a bad thing.”