Manchester United succeeded in disappointing yet again as they lost away to Newcastle United in a 1-0 scoreline with 19-year-old debutant Matthew Longstaff’s goal making all the difference in the end.
The midfielder’s goal came at the end of a spirited counter-attack from the home side. The shot from outside the box had several Red Devils on its trajectory including goalkeeper David De Gea.
However, none were able to do anything to deflect or stop the shot and the magical script of the night was penned.
Speaking after the game, De Gea had poignant words (via BBC) about the state of affairs at the club: “It is not acceptable, not just this game but the whole season. It is the most difficult time since I have been here. I don’t know what is happening. We cannot even score one goal in two games.”
The 28-year-old shotstopper, who recently penned a long-term extension to his stay with the Old Trafford outfit, went on to add (via Sky): “A lot of things to improve. I don’t know what to say. Keep trying, fighting, improving every day. It’s a hard moment for us. Sorry to the fans. We will keep fighting. Come on, we conceded a goal from a corner. That cannot happen. It’s unacceptable.
“We didn’t create any proper chances. We defended well. The team needs to step up. We have some big injuries but that’s no excuse. We are Manchester United, we need to keep training hard, fighting and winning games.”
Remaining content and passive after such an awful run of game isn’t in the Manchester United DNA and the words from De Gea indicate that hunger.
Then again, a similar brand of words and promises is also uttered by Solskjaer week in and week out but their effect on the pitch is yet to be seen.