Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has said that the Red Devils need to improve on their performances this season. The Mancunian giants have experienced an average start to the league campaign and they are presently languishing in the 10th spot in the standings with just nine points on the board.
Speaking after the 1-1 league draw against Arsenal, De Gea said that the Red Devils need to win such games, considering the high standards set by the club over the years. He added that the goal conceded was a huge mistake from the defensive point of view, given they needed to remain focused despite the assistant raising his flag for offside.
“This is Manchester United so we have to win these games. The lads have to react and play better than they are doing. We are a team but we have to improve. The goal was a big mistake for us. We gave away an important goal. Of course if the linesman keeps the flag down and we also know there is VAR behind it’s a goal for them. We need to learn from that mistake,” he told Sky Sports.
United’s away form has been poor since the backend of the previous campaign and they are presently on a run of nine away games without a victory. In this situation, they have also struggled to get the better of teams on their home turf and they have already dropped five points against Crystal Palace and Arsenal this season.
United are scheduled to face AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League group stage of Thursday night and they have the chance of ending their winless run on the road. The Red Devils can’t anticipate an easy game, however, with Alkmaar flourishing in the Dutch top-flight while they have to contend with the challenge of playing on astroturf.