Manchester United number one David De Gea may not see out Ralf Rangnick’s tenure, according to former Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair.

The ex-England international has raised questions over the goalkeeper’s role under the new Red Devils interim manager, also stating he is “lacking bravery.”

His comments come on the back of the first goal United conceded in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal when Emile Smith Rowe lashed the ball home as De Gea writhed in pain on the turf after Fred trod on his boot.

But it is ultimately Rangnick’s preferred style of play that will end De Gea’s time at Old Trafford, according to Sinclair.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the 48-year-old said: "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."

The former West Ham frontman also criticised De Gea’s reaction for Arsenal’s first goal, which was given after a VAR checked determined referee Martin Atkinson had blown his whistle after the ball had crossed the line.

"They got it right," Sinclair added. "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."

Sinclair is not the first to slam De Gea for his response with Paul Scholes and Ian Wright also concurring.

Rangnick will name his first starting XI as interim boss in Sunday’s home game with Crystal Palace.

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