Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club to keep faith in David de Gea after the goalkeeper's disappointing performance against Chelsea.
De Gea has struggled for form in recent matches and his poor performance continued this weekend as he conceded three goals in United's 3-1 loss to Chelsea during Sunday's FA Cup semi-final.
His performances led to class for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring in a new keeper or to recall Dean Henderson who is currently on loan at Sheffield United, into the number one spot from next season. However, Ferdinand feels the club should not make such a quick decision.
"When people make mistakes, they're open to criticism, that's just the way football is," Ferdinand told BT Sport.
"David de Gea is not an exception. He's made mistakes, glaring mistakes in big games. Notably, the game yesterday in the semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley. Yes, he should be doing better. I've played with David, he's his own biggest critic. He'll be sitting at home going through the situations to make sure he gets rid of these mistakes that he's making at the moment."
"I watched the game with my boys at home and I was flabbergasted to see them go past David because he's a top-drawer goalkeeper. It's disappointing. As a Manchester United fan, you want to defend your players but he's not in a position to be defended.
"Has David de Gea been making mistakes? Yes, he has. Is he low on confidence? Yes, he is. Has he got the character to come back, has he proved his character in years gone by? Yes, he has.
"He came to Manchester United as a 19-year-old. Question marks straight away, 'is he good enough, is he too slim, is he too frail? He's not ready to be Manchester United's goalkeeper'. He dispelled all of those comments through hard work, determination and quality.
"He's been Player of the Year four of the last six years. When there was inconsistencies at Manchester United, he was a consistent factor. Yes, he's had a bad spell, confidence is low, does that mean you get rid of him?"