David de Gea was one of the few Manchester United players to emerge from this afternoon’s 2-1 defeat against Sunderland with any credit - despite the fact he scored an own goal.
The Spain international could do nothing about the second goal he conceded and, in truth, the scoreline would have been a lot worse for United had another keeper been in between the sticks.
After the match, the 25-year-old took to Twitter to issue a rallying cry to his teammates, while ensuring fans that the players are doing all they can to help United finish as high as possible in the Premier League table.
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“Time to stand up, work and take @manutd to the place it deserves,” De Gea wrote on Twitter.
The replies were mainly from frustrated United fans, calling for Van Gaal to be sacked. There are also a few comments from mischievous supporters of rival clubs telling him he should have joined Real Madrid last summer.
United fans concerned De Gea could still leave
De Gea would now be plying his trade at the Bernabeu had Manchester United and Real Madrid not reached an agreement so late in the summer transfer window.
A fee was agreed between the two clubs but the deal collapsed because the deadline was missed by, quite literally, a few minutes.
De Gea, annoyed by the situation, put pen-to-paper on a new four-year deal with the Red Devils - but there’s no guarantee he will still be a Manchester United player if the club fails to secure Champions League football for next season.
Louis van Gaal’s side, following today’s 2-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light, remain six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and have played a game more.
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