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That is according to Trevor Sinclair, who doesn’t believe the United No 1 is the right type of player for Rangnick’s style of play.
De Gea has been at United for a decade and remained the club’s first-choice No 1, despite making a number of errors in recent seasons.
The 31-year-old Spaniard found himself at the centre of attention on Thursday after Arsenal’s bizarre opener at Old Trafford.
Fred appeared to accidentally injure United teammate De Gea by standing on his heel during an Arsenal corner.
De Gea crumpled to the floor and was left helpless as play continued, with Emile Smith Rowe firing in the opener from outside the box in the 13th minute.
Referee Martin Atkinson had blown his whistle after the ball landed in the back of the net, with VAR also ruling in favour of Arsenal.
Sinclair admitted that he was “disappointed” with how De Gea handled the situation and slammed the United star for “lacking in bravery.”
However, the former Manchester City winger added that De Gea might not fit into a system under Rangnick, who will want to “play a high line” and want a sweeper-keeper as a result.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Sinclair said: “They got it right. We’ve all been smashed in the ankle, it’s not going to get any worse.
“You can get back to your feet, wait for the ball to go out of play, then get the assistance you need medically.
“I can’t believe how lacking in bravery De Gea is. I’m really disappointed, his teammates will be disappointed, the coaching staff and all the fans will be disappointed.
“Sometimes when you go on the pitch, you’ve got to take a bit of pain -- and that wasn’t good enough. And he’s cost his team a goal because the shot from Smith Rowe wasn’t great.”
He added: “With Ralf [Rangnick] coming in, wanting to play a high line, I think he’s going to have to be sweeper-keeper.
“So De Gea’s time at Man United is probably going to end quite shortly.”
Sinclair continued: “For me, that’s a little acid test, how big’s your heart? And he’s let them down.”
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