David de Gea says Manchester United are getting ‘PANICKY’ when things go wrong on the pitch after Brentford humbling – as he admits last season’s struggles under Ralf Rangnick are ‘still in our minds’
- Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea urges response after loss to Bees
- De Gea believes players are starting to panic when games start to go wrong
- Spaniard was at fault for Brentford’s first two goals against Manchester United
- De Gea has urged his teammates to stick together after poor start to season
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has admitted that the team is starting to panic following their losing start to the season.
The Red Devils have lost both of their opening games of their Premier League campaign, the first was a 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford which was followed by the 4-0 thrashing at Brentford.
De Gea believes that the player are still suffering from previous disappointing seasons.
David de Gea was at fault for Brentford’s first to goals in Manchester United’s big defeat
He said after the defeat to Brentford, via ESPN: ‘Of course, there have been some difficult seasons and probably, it’s still in our minds.
‘When something goes wrong people get panicky. It’s difficult. But we have to learn, we have a new manager and some new players. We need to be more positive, keep learning and improve.
‘It’s about winning games. As soon as we win one game, two games, we’re going to start feeling better and more positive.’
De Gea says that the squad are still suffering from previous disappointing seasons
The Spanish stopper asked to be interviewed by Sky Sports following the defeat to Brentford as he tried to take the blame for the defeat after he made costly errors leading to the Bees’ first two goals.
De Gea let Josh Dasilva’s long-range shot squirm through his hands and into the goal before opting for a shot pass to Christian Eriksen, who was then disposed inside the penalty box, leading to Mathias Jensen firing home.
He said: ‘I must take responsibility. I cost two points to the team. That first goal cannot happen. As a team we should react much better than we did, but I think I cost the team two points.
Manchester United are bottom of the Premier League table after losing their first two games
‘Sometimes you think it’s an easy ball and you don’t put the proper focus on the ball, that happens in football and in life. Sometimes you make mistakes.
‘Now the most important thing is to keep training well, keep training to help the team, but today was a horrible game.’
The goalkeeper was quick to admit that he made a mistake passing the ball to Eriksen and insisted that he had read the game wrong and instead should have played the ball long.
He said: ‘I should read the game better. They were pressing really well and high so maybe I should play longer balls.
De Gea (pictured) has urged his teammates to stick together after the rough start to the season
‘But that’s football again, It happens.’
De Gea also admitted that at half-time, manager Erik ten Hag told the players that their performance was ‘unacceptable’.
He said: ‘Unacceptable, what we were doing on the pitch. Nothing else to be honest. It was horrible.
‘We have to stick together as a team now, train even harder and even better, I can’t say more to be honest.’
The season is not set to get any easier for Manchester United as they take on title hopefuls Liverpool at Old Trafford next Monday.
Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick last season at Old Trafford as Liverpool thrashed United
Last season, Liverpool won the fixture 5-0 as Mohamed Salah netted a hat-trick and former United star Paul Pogba was sent off in the match.
De Gea believes that the team is performing well in training, but are struggling to convert that form onto the pitch when it matters most.
He said: ‘We’re training really well, people are training hard and everyone is giving everything, to be honest, but then in the games we are not performing.’