David de Gea believes that Manchester United are suffering as a result of their extensive injury list.
Louis van Gaal‘s side have only taken three points from their last six games and De Gea wants to see his team-mates pull together to get through this tough patch.
Man United currently have six first-team players injured including Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Nick Powell, while others such as Ashley Young are also suffering from niggling injuries.
Speaking to ManUtd.com, De Gea admitted the injuries have had a big impact on the team.
He said: “Whenever you are missing key players and are suffering from the amount of injuries that we have been, it always makes it tougher to win games. But that’s football and these things happen at this level of competition.
“You just have to keep on going. The younger lads have come into the side and played very well while the injured players recover but it’s a lot to ask for them to replace such experienced players in the Premier League.
“When you are at a club like Manchester United and you are playing at home, the opposition generally do not create too many chances on goal so you have to really keep your concentration throughout the entire game.
“You can possibly go for long periods without getting a touch of the ball and then suddenly a real opportunity comes along and that’s when you need to be one hundred per cent focused and in the zone to be able to make the save.”
Injuries have certainly hurt United this year and Louis van Gaal‘s preference for a smaller squad certainly hasn’t made it any easier, but almost every team around us has suffered as well so we can’t use that as the sole excuse for our poor form.
Luckily for United, we’ve got De Gea in goal and countless times again this season he has come to the rescue with some top drawer saves. I daren’t think where we would have been over these last three years had Dave not been in our team.
Moving forward, United do need a little bit of luck when it comes to injuries but what we’ve got to do regardless of that is drastically improve our form. If we don’t, then there is a serious chance of finishing outside the top four once again.