Manchester United “shameful” in Watford defeat, says David De Gea | football news

Watford beat Manchester United 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.© AFP

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea termed the Red Devils’ 4-1 thrashing by Watford on Saturday as “shameful” as the Spaniard and Bruno Fernandes urged players to take some of the blame. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing even more frenzied speculation about his future after a fifth loss in seven Premier League games. The club’s hierarchy was stuck by Solskjaer during the recent international break despite home defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City. But coming to Vicarage Road was even worse as the struggling Hornets could risk missing a first-half penalty twice and still run out comfortable winners.

“There’s not much to say – it was embarrassing to see Man United play like this today,” said de Gea, who saved two spot-kick attempts from Ismaila Sir after taking the first again.

“It’s not acceptable – the way we were playing and doing things. It’s easy to blame the manager or the staff but sometimes it’s the players. We need to show a lot more than what we’re doing.

“Disgraceful first half – we could have scored four goals in 45 minutes. It was tough watching the team play today – it was nightmare after nightmare. It’s not acceptable.”

Joshua King and Sarr gave Watford a 2–0 half-time lead before Donny Van de Beek came off the bench to cut United’s deficit in half.

However, any hopes of a fightback were thwarted by a red card for captain Harry Maguire and late goals from Joo Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis set off another humble afternoon for Solskjaer’s men.

“It’s everyone’s fault,” Fernandes said. “It’s not the coach, it’s not a player – it’s everyone.”

Solskjaer, however, is likely to be the one to fall in line with Villarreal’s trip to the Champions League to come ahead of a challenging Premier League clash against Premier League leaders Chelsea and an in-form Arsenal on Tuesday.

“It’s not Manchester United or the way we should be playing – it’s hard to say more than that,” De Gea said.


“It’s been very bad for a long time – a club like Man United has to make us fight for trophies and fight for big things and to be honest we are far from it.

“We always say the same thing but it’s true – we have to look at ourselves and see where we can improve.”

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