Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea has claimed that the club is “cursed” as their wait for silverware continues.
The Spaniard won the Premier League in his second season at Old Trafford, before lifting the FA Cup in 2016 and both the League Cup and Europa League in 2017 respectively. Since then they have been several managers who failed to challenge domestically and also fell short in various cup competitions.
De Gea admits discussions are held internally about why they are not adding to the club’s trophy cabinet.
The goalkeeper also questioned why the current stars are struggling in games.
“I think someone has put a curse on us or something,” he told El Pais. “The truth is I don’t know what’s going on, I really don’t.
“People always ask me and we talk about it as team-mates and we just say ‘we don’t know what’s happening’.
“We should have competed for more trophies, bigger titles, but I just don’t know why this team doesn’t function.”
United’s main focus this term is finishing in the top four with the Premier League title beyond them. They were dumped out of the Carabao Cup early on before Middlesbrough ended their FA Cup hopes last week in a penalty shootout.
The Champions League remains their only hope of silverware this term. Ralf Rangnick’s side will take on Atletico Madrid in the last 16 later this month.
Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag is still under consideration by Man United and is believed to be Mauricio Pochettino’s main rival for the job. They are understood to be confident of hiring Mauricio Pochettino due to his long-standing interest in managing United. (Samuel Luckhurst, MEN)
A number of senior Man United players believe Mauricio Pochettino is the right man for the United job and his potential appointment has been openly discussed.
Ralf Rangnick is an admirer of Erik ten Hag and believes he would be a good fit at Manchester United. (Rob Dawson, ESPN).