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‘The team needs to step up’ – De Gea slams inexcusable Man United performance

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has slammed the team’s inexcusable defeat at Newcastle, and says the ‘team needs to step up’ as they bid to arrest their poor start to the new season.

Debutante Matty Longstaff’s goal sealed a 1-0 victory for Steve Bruce’s strugglers at St James’ Park, as Man United‘s winless run away from home extended into an 11th successive game.

The Red Devils once again struggled to create clear cut opportunities, Harry Maguire missing their best chance, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side having now scored just nine goals in their opening eight Premier League fixtures.

De Gea admits the club’s performances have not been good enough, and speaking to Sky Sports post-match, the Spaniard has demanded improvement from his under-performing side.

“We didn’t create any proper chances. We defended well. The team needs to step up. We have some big injuries but that’s no excuse. We are Manchester United, we need to keep training hard, fighting and winning games.”

On what needs to improve, De Gea added: “Everything. A lot of things to improve. I don’t know what to say. Keep trying, fighting, improving every day. It’s a hard moment for us.

“The most difficult time since I’ve been here. I don’t know why, what is happening. Sorry to the fans. We will keep fighting.

“Come on, we conceded a goal from a comer. That cannot happen. It’s unacceptable.”

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