Manchester United: David de Gea cuts a deflated figure a day after Champions League last-16 exit


David de Gea cuts a deflated figure as Man United goalkeeper enjoys a family stroll just a day after their Champions League last-16 exit – with stopper admitting to ‘another bad year’ for the club as their trophy drought goes on

The fallout of Manchester United’s Champions League exit continued on Wednesday with David de Gea pictured cutting a forlorn figure.

On Tuesday night, the Red Devils bowed out of the last-16 stage after a 1-0 home loss in the second leg to Atletico Madrid condemned them to a 2-1 aggregate defeat.

And less than 24 hours later, the pain of the result was still etched across the goalkeeper’s face as he spent time with his family.

De Gea cut a forlorn figure

David de Gea was pictured out with his wife and their child on Wednesday through Manchester

The 31-year-old was photographed while out for a stroll with his wife Edurne Garcia Almagro and their one-year-old daughter Yanay in Manchester.

De Gea will now go five-straight seasons without lifting silverware at United following their exit from Europe’s elite club competition.

The rudderless Red Devils will end a fifth-straight campaign without a trophy and face an uphill battle to return to European football’s top table as a poor season hurtles towards a disappointing conclusion.

The Champions League offered hope, albeit faint, of a first trophy since lifting the Europa League in 2017, but wily Atletico extinguished those hopes.

Renan Lodi’s first-half header secured a 1-0 win at Old Trafford and 2-1 aggregate triumph in the last-16 against a United side that have won just two knockout games in this competition since De Gea arrived from Atleti in 2011.

‘Difficult to describe with words how I feel, how we feel,’ the crestfallen Spain international said in the post-match press conference.

A deflated De Gea has reflected on another disappointing campaign for Manchester United

A deflated De Gea has reflected on another disappointing campaign for Manchester United

‘It’s another tough moment for us. It wasn’t enough what we did to beat Atletico in two games. I think they’re an experienced team, they know how to play those games very well and it’s a very difficult moment for us.’

Asked if it was the most upset he felt after a Champions League elimination, De Gea said: ‘Yeah, it’s always tough when you go out of the Champions League, especially the way we did. We got a good draw in Madrid and then we play here with the fans.

‘I don’t know if we should win this game, to be honest, but we don’t win the game and we’re out again, another bad year for us, so it’s very, very tough.’

Not only are United without a trophy in five years but they have failed to launch a sustained Premier League title charge since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as champion in 2013.

‘There are too many years without any trophies, even without fighting for trophies,’ De Gea said. 

Atletico Madrid beat United 1-0 to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals

Atletico Madrid beat United 1-0 to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals

And it means a struggling United will end a fifth-straight campaign without a trophy

And it means a struggling United will end a fifth-straight campaign without a trophy

‘So I think we need to be clear we want to achieve good things, fight for trophies, we don’t just want to play for the top four and be there, get out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals. Something like this.

‘So we need much more from everyone because this club is too big for where we are now. We are far from the fighting places for the Premier League, for the Champions League, so we need much more from everyone.’

De Gea did not want to talk about the officiating at Old Trafford, where there is a huge amount of work to do to get back to challenging for silverware.

‘Of course we all want the best for the club, especially myself,’ he added. ‘I’ve been here many, many years.

‘I love the club. You saw the fans today, they have been amazing in a difficult season again, so I really believe – I don’t know when – this club is going be back at the top and we are going to be fighting for big things.’

De Gea insists it's not good enough for a club of United's stature to not challenge for titles

De Gea insists it’s not good enough for a club of United’s stature to not challenge for titles

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