The man who helped scout David de Gea for Manchester United has blasted the criticism now aimed in the goalkeeper's direction.
Former Old Trafford goalkeeping coach Tony Coton, who played for both United and Manchester City, was forced to step down in the role due to a long-standing knee problem.
But Coton is well aware of the attributes of the Spanish goalkeeper, having charted his progress as a teenager at Atletico Madrid.
The criticism of David has not just been over the top this week, it has been all season.Tony Coton
Speculation is increasing the 22-year-old could be shown the door this summer after a number of high-profile mistakes and De Gea's own girlfriend admitted over the weekend that he would jump at the chance to join Barcelona, who have already been linked with his signature.
But Coton believes the continued criticism of the young keeper is way over the top.
De Gea will be in goal when United host Southampton at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, hoping to keep Sir Alex Ferguson's team in front at the top of the Premier League table.
And Coton insists: "The criticism of David has not just been over the top this week, it has been all season.
"Whenever a goal goes in they seem to want to point the finger at him. Over the years we looked at a lot of goalkeepers.
"I was glad he played against Fulham at the weekend, just to shut all the rumours up that he was going to be dropped."
United are 1.22 to beat the Saints on Wednesday evening and are 2.00 to keep a clean sheet, while the Red Devils are 1.33 to be crowned champions this season.
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