Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has released a statement following the club’s ‘disastrous’ 7-0 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday, but has refused to apologise for his part in the result.
The Spanish stopper was widely criticised for his performance in the match, with fans taking to social media to express their anger and disappointment.
De Gea, who has been United’s first-choice goalkeeper since 2011, has now released a statement in which he acknowledges the result was ‘unacceptable’, but insists he will not apologise for his part in it.
“I understand the disappointment and frustration of our fans following Sunday’s result,” De Gea said. “It was an unacceptable performance from us all and I take my share of the responsibility.
“I am a professional and I will continue to work hard to ensure that Manchester United are successful. I will not apologise for my performance, but I will continue to strive to improve and help the team.”
The statement comes after a difficult few weeks for De Gea, who has been heavily criticised for his performances in recent matches.
The 30-year-old has been at fault for several goals this season, including a costly error in the 3-3 draw with Everton in November.
De Gea’s future at United has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks, with reports suggesting the club could look to replace him in the summer.
However, the Spaniard appears determined to prove his critics wrong and fight for his place in the team.
“I am fully committed to Manchester United and I will continue to give my all for the club,” he said. “I am determined to help the team turn things around and I am confident that we can do that.”
De Gea’s statement has been met with a mixed response from United fans, with some praising his determination to fight for his place, while others have criticised him for not apologising for his part in the defeat.
Whatever the reaction, it is clear that De Gea is determined to prove his critics wrong and help United turn their season around.