David de Gea believes someone has cast a “curse” on Manchester United as the goalkeeper says he doesn’t fully understand why the club have got so much wrong in recent years.
United have not won a title since 2017, with the club lagging the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of English football in recent years.
Currently, the club is sixth in the Premier League table and lags behind in the battle for a place in the Champions League. De Gea has been spectacular all season, but the rest of the team has let him down.
De Gea has been at the club since 2011, having played under Sir Alex Ferguson in his final two years as manager, and the goalkeeper says he cannot put his finger on what has happened since his departure. away of the legendary coach.
De Gea says United are ‘cursed’
“I think someone put a curse on us or something,” De Gea told the Spanish publication El Pais. “The truth is I don’t know what’s going on, I really don’t.
“People always ask me and we talk about it as teammates and we just say ‘we don’t know what’s going on’. We should have been competing to win more titles, bigger title, but I don’t know why this team isn’t functional.”
United are the seventh manager since Ferguson’s departure, including caretakers Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and Ralf Rangnick. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November after three years at the helm.
Too much savings?
Going into the weekend, De Gea led the Premier League with 83 saves, 13 more than Leeds’ Illan Meslier.
22 – No goalkeeper has made more saves than David De Gea throughout January in Europe’s five major leagues, while Opta’s xG On Target metric saves more goals than any other goalkeeper. any sport in the Premier League during this period (2.6). Inspired. pic.twitter.com/fwcbkFJbkX
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 4, 2022
But De Gea says that statistic doesn’t necessarily mean a goalkeeper wants to lead the league as United still concede too many chances.
“I don’t know if that’s a good thing,” he said. “Teams create a lot of chances against us. But that’s what I’m here for: trying to prevent goals, helping the team in the way that I can and this year everything is going well in terms of goals. that face.
“Ralf Rangnick wants us to be intense, always pressurized and always steady.”