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David De Gea brutal honesty after asked what Manchester United need to improve after Newcastle defeat

3 years ago

Twenty months ago, David De Gea was beaten by Matt Ritchie.

Martin Dubravka making his NUFC debut and Ritchie scoring the only goal of the game as Newcastle beat Man Utd.

Moving forward to October 2019 and this was Dubravka’s 58th Premier League game in a row…and another clean sheet against Manchester United.

A satisfying return for the Slovakian number one as he and the team bounced back from the horror show at Leicester.

For David De Gea though, it was a very different story.

Although he was one of the very few Man Utd players to do themselves justice, he watched on as his team dropped to 12th, only two points above the relegation zone and one point ahead of Newcastle.

David De Gea interviewed by Sky Sports after Newcastle defeat and asked what Manchester United need to improve:


“A lot of things [need] to improve.

“I don’t know what to say.

“Keep trying, keep fighting, improving every day.

“It is a hard moment for us.

“The most difficult time since I have been here.

“I don’t know why this is happening…

“Sorry to the fans.

“We will keep fighting.

“Come on…we conceded a goal from a [Newcastle United] comer.

“That cannot happen.

“It is unacceptable.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle United 1  Manchester United 0 – Sunday 6 October 4.30pm


Newcastle United:

Matty Longstaff 72

Possession was Man Utd 69% Newcastle 31%

Total shots were Man Utd 12 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Man Utd 3 Newcastle 2

Corners were Man Utd 6 Newcastle 4

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle team v Leicester:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, M Longstaff, S Longstaff, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 83), Almiron (Krafth 90), Joelinton (Carroll 56)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Dummett, Shelvey, Gayle

Crowd: 51,198 – Definitely not that many actually inside St James Park (3,200 Man Utd plus however many amongst the discounted tickets given to local universities/organisations, competition winners and tickets happily sold by Mike Ashley to Man Utd fans in home sections)

(Stan Collymore perfectly sums up the Longstaff brothers sinking Manchester United – Read HERE)

(Watch the official match highlights HERE)

(An emotional Matty Longstaff interviewed after MOTM performance and winning goal – Read/Watch HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 1 Man Utd 0 – Read HERE)


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