‘I don’t think I’m being too harsh here’ — Premier League legend Alan Shearer tears into Manchester United player

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Former Newcastle United and England striker Alan Shearer was far from impressed with David De Gea after his action in goal against Arsenal.

United played host to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, and a bizarre scene happened in the 13th minute, as De Gea laid on the ground to allow Arsenal’s Emile Smith-Rowe score from a simple tap-in.

Speaking about the incident, Shearer said the referee was right to allow the goal stand.

“Goal, because I didn’t see or hear the referee blow,” Shearer said at half-time.

“I didn’t see a serious foul on the goalkeeper, and it’s only when you see it close that De Gea actually stands on him.

“I don’t think I’m being too harsh here, I don’t think the game has changed that much, I think that happens in every game, someone standing on your foot or your ankle.

“With him going down like that, not a care to where the ball is. Yes, they hurt, but I’m not sure he should be staying down like that.

“He’s up a minute later and on his feet anyway, so it couldn’t have hurt that much.”