Man Utd fans turn on David de Gea over Aston Villa howler as dejected keeper heads straight down tunnel after whistle | The SunJuly 23, 2022
MANCHESTER UNITED fans slammed keeper David de Gea after his late error in their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.
The Red Devils looked to be closing in on a fourth successive pre-season victory as they led Steven Gerrard's men 2-1 heading into stoppage-time.
But in the final moments of the match, De Gea failed to claim a Leon Bailey corner from inside his own six-yard box and Calum Chambers climbed to nod home a last-gasp equaliser.
The final whistle came seconds later, with Manchester Evening News reporting that De Gea headed "straight down the tunnel" despite his team-mates hanging around on the pitch to thank the fans in Perth, Australia.
And, to add insult to injury for the Spanish shot-stopper, he was then criticised on social media for his failure to clear the corner.
One fan said: "Only criticism of Ten Hag so far is trusting De Gea in a system like this.
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"Hopefully it’s just for a year while he prioritizes other positions but still."
While another added: "David de Gea is a hinderance to Man Utd & I’m not hearing anything else.
"You’ll never be a successful side when you’ve got him in net."
A third said: "De Gea is the new Leno. He cripples the team with his lack of technical quality and is overrated as a traditional goalkeeper.
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"He ‘can’ make top saves but he also let’s shots in that he shouldn’t whilst failing to command his box. He’s slightly better, but still a big problem."
And a fourth added: "De Gea has been at the club for 11 years and has played under 6 managers.
"His weaknesses are the same as they were a decade ago, there’s no way he’s going to change now."
De Gea has been with Man Utd since 2011, winning the Premier League title with them under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
He faced competition from Dean Henderson at the start of last season as the No1 spot appeared to be up for grabs.
But with Henderson now out on loan at Nottingham Forest, De Gea will unquestionably be the first choice again for the coming campaign.
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