Manchester United suffered a historic 4-0 defeat at Brentford FC on the second day of the Premier League. Goalkeeper David de Gea was unlucky as the Spaniard played a key role in the first two goals conceded. After the game, he voluntarily turned himself in to the journalists and apologized for his mistakes: “I cost the team three points.”
“I just take my responsibility,” he said in an interview with “Sky Sports UK”. It was “a poor performance by me”.
The Spain international didn’t look good when they conceded the first goal, letting Josh Dasilva’s harmless shot slip through his arms (10′).
Just a few minutes later, De Gea put teammate Christian Eriksen under pressure with a pass in his own penalty area. Brentford midfielder Mathias Jensen grabbed the ball and scored to make it 2-0 (18′).
“That’s why I cost us three points today.
It was an easy ball – and then it was 1-0 for them and it only went down,” continued de Gea. “It was a bad performance. But we have to stick together and understand what the coach wants. We have to play for the crest and for the club.”
“TEN HAG AFTER DEBAKE: “COULD ALL HAVE SUBSTITUTED”
Erik ten Hag agreed with his protégé and also apologized to the fans. “I’m really sorry for the fans who did everything to support us. We let them down,” said the Dutchman.
In his analysis, ten Hag knew where to start. “We conceded goals through individual mistakes. You can’t have a tactical plan and then throw it away,” explained ten Hag. “The team has to take responsibility.” However, it wasn’t the tactics that mattered, he asserted.
A possible way out of the vicious circle in which the Red Devils are currently stuck could be found on the transfer market. “It’s clear we need players, but I don’t want to think about that,” said ten Hag.
“I substituted three players but I could have substituted them all,” said the 52-year-old. But: “The good players we have should have done better.”