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FA Cup final: Man United boss Erik ten Hag defends David de Gea

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‘We win together and we lose together’: Erik ten Hag DEFENDS David de Gea with Man United goalkeeper under fire for failing to stop FA Cup final winner at Man City

Erik ten Hag has defended David de Gea after criticism for his slowness to concede the winning goal in the FA Cup final defeat, insisting that “we win together and we lose together”.

But asked about De Gea’s apparent discomfort paying from the back, a key part of ten Hag’s game, the United manager commented: “Say it like that, we are in the right direction but there are issues in the game that we need to improve on if we want to take the next step and win trophies.’

De Gea is set to agree a contract extension but United are widely expected to try to sign a No.2 keeper more comfortable with ten Hag’s style, although it doesn’t seem like it to be a central part of United’s summer. plan.

When asked if his team weren’t professional to concede within 12 seconds, ten Hag said: “I wouldn’t call it unprofessional, but as a team we didn’t get the job done. what we have to do and if we want to win trophies, the details in the big games make the difference. It’s hard to accept.

Ten Hag has also warned the club they will fight over transfers they need to improve, with the Glazer family dragging out takeover talks with Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim with both sides battling for control.

Man United boss Erik ten Hag, right, defended David de Gea against criticism for the Man City goal

De Gea was criticized for being slow to react to Ilkay Gundogan's winning goal at Wembley

De Gea was criticized for being slow to react to Ilkay Gundogan’s winning goal at Wembley

“I have only one plan to improve his team, I will fight for these ideas and tell the club what we need to do about it.” I have to work to be better next season. It’s not about better players but about working day in and day out to develop and improve the team.

“We can be very proud of where we came from at the start of this season. Remember Brentford? [0-4] Do you also remember the Etihad? [3-6]. We showed today that the home win against Manchester City was no coincidence and maybe another day we could have won this game. But we have to work, the staff and the players.


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