Carragher on Man Utd problem standing between them beating Liverpool to title

David de Gea needs to raise his game in the second half of the season if Manchester United are to challenge Liverpool for the title, Jamie Carragher has warned.

The Reds legend feels Spain’s No.1 is still making too many mistakes between the sticks at Old Trafford.

De Gea’s form has been shaky throughout 2020, and even led to a Roy Keane rant back in the summer after his howler at Tottenham when football restarted post-lockdown.

Dean Henderson offers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a strong alternative as one of the best back-up keepers in the division.

The 23-year-old has made seven appearances across all competitions this term, keeping four clean sheets.

United have won all three Premier League matches Henderson has played in, and he has not conceded a goal in three Carabao Cup ties on route to the semi-finals.

Henderson is expected to start against Manchester City for a place in the final next week.

And Carragher feels backing the former Sheffield United loanee could make the difference in United potentially dethroning Liverpool come May.

In his Telegraph column, Carragher wrote: "United could be one of the major beneficiaries of this unique season because the title could be won with little more than 80 points.

"United are among those who could hit that mark, especially if they remedy their poor results at Old Trafford.

"In Bruno Fernandes they have one of the Premier League’s outstanding players.

"A word of warning, though. I am yet to be convinced United are a well-balanced, consistent team. They still have problems.

"You cannot keep relying on the attackers to get a team out of trouble, and their goalkeeper issue needs to be resolved. David De Gea is still making too many mistakes.

"If Dean Henderson does not get a run in the side to prove United will not need to sign a new keeper at the end of the season, what was the point of bringing him back to Old Trafford?"

United will go level on points with leaders Liverpool if they beat Aston Villa at The Theatre of Dreams (8pm).

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