David de Gea has urged his Manchester United teammates to “stand up” and “work” following the 2-1 defeat against Sunderland on Saturday.
Anthony Martial had cancelled out Wahbi Khazri’s opening strike but a late own goal from De Gea handed Man United a blow in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
De Gea had been excellent before the unlucky late goal, pulling off a string of good saves to deny Sunderland. The Spaniard expressed his disappointment following the clash:
Time to stand up, work and take @manutd to the place it deserves
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) February 13, 2016
De Gea dragged United into the top four of the Premier League last season but he is struggling to repeat the feat this time around.
There is only so much he can do and United should not have to be relying on him, particularly against Sunderland, who are in the midst of a relegation battle.
United are in real danger of missing out on Champions League football next season and it is hard to see how they can turn things around with Louis van Gaal in charge.