Last season one of the downfalls in Manchester United's early season form was the constant chopping and changing between the sticks.
So it can't have helped matters when after just one mistake at home to Fulham, Sir Alex Ferguson got tough and dropped him ahead of the visit to Southampton.
The problem is it is not like United have a settled defence at the moment either thanks to injuries, so disrupting their goalkeeping department can't help.
That said, Sir Alex Ferguson was clearly perturbed at De Gea's error against Southampton, and frustrated at how a year into his Old Trafford career he is still making such mistakes.
Dropping him was a kick up the backside, but while Anders Lindegaard may have conceded two at St Marys, he really did not do anything wrong and was badly exposed by errors from both full-backs for the goals.
So the manager has a big decision to make this weekend, with one eye on the Champions League game in midweek against Galatasaray, and the following week's trip to Anfield.
Will the same goalkeeper play in all three matches? Will Sir Alex Ferguson pick one against Wigan, and one against Galatasaray, and then the one who has most success will earn a start against Liverpool?
Perhaps that is the fairest way to do it, but the manager should know the Champions League is not for messing about with, after their disastrous campaign last season which saw them knocked out of a group they should have qualified from.
Competition is good, but last season showed it can be bad too. The Dane or the Spaniard? Who do you choose?
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