Manchester United Goal keeper David de Gea described his side’s early season performances as “unacceptable” and the “most difficult” time he has endured at the club after the fell to another defeat yesterday losing 1-0 to Newcastle.
With it now confirmed as offically their worst start to a season in 30 years, United dropped to 12th place, just two points above the relegation zone after the first quarter of the season in which they were looking to challenge for a top four spot at least.
Speaking to sky sports after their defeat the Spanish international continued to say;
“The game isn't acceptable; the whole season isn't acceptable for us.”
“We didn't create any proper chances. We have a lot to improve. I don't know what to say. We need to step up.
“We have injuries but it's not an excuse. We are Manchester United. We need to train hard to keep fighting and to get back to winning games.”
When asked about what his side would need to do in order to improve, the De Gea simply replied;
“Everything. A lot of things to improve. Keep trying, keep trying, keep fighting every day. It's a hard moment for us – but we are United and we need to keep fighting.
“It's probably the most difficult time since I've been here. I don't know what is happening. We cannot score even one goal in two games. Sorry to the fans. We will keep fighting, for sure. We will come back, but at the moment we're in a difficult situation.”
In the game itself, the winner was scored by debutant 19 year old midfielder Matty Longstaff in front of his home crown at St James Park. The defeat has now extended Manchester United’s winless away record in the Premier League to eight match’s, going as far back as their 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on February 27th this year, which again makes it their worst since 1989.
The result has also continued to pile the pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whose side next face Liverpool on October 20th after the International break this weekend.
Only last month the clubs Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward said “it was important we are patient” as the club look to give Solskjaer the chance to turn the results around. Something the Norwegian still believes he can do;
“It's a journey we've started on and the culture is getting there. I can't give you any time but we're getting there. We've given ourselves a big, big uphill challenge to get among the top four – but it's tight and we need to get a run together.” Solskjaer told the press
“We've come together and discussed the direction we're going. If you only work on sunny days you'll never get to your destination. We'll have these days but we know where we want to get to.”
He then told how the two week break had come at just the right time as it would give him a chance to “sort his players heads out.”
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