In the aftermath of Manchester United’s disheartening loss to Galatasaray, goalkeeper David de Gea has become a trending topic on social media. The defeat, marking United’s fifth in seven games, has stirred discussions on the team’s struggles and the performance of the newly acquired goalkeeper, Andre Onana.
Erik ten Hag’s side faced a formidable challenge against Galatasaray, who made history by securing their first-ever win on English soil in their 117-year history. The match unfolded with Galatasaray coming from behind on two occasions, ultimately leading to a 3-2 victory at Old Trafford.
United’s unraveling in the final 20 minutes saw a series of mistakes from key players, including Andre Onana, Raphael Varane, Sofyan Amrabat, and Casemiro. Casemiro’s 77th-minute foul on Dries Mertens inside the penalty area resulted in a penalty, and a second yellow card followed due to a misplaced pass from Onana.
Despite Onana’s efforts, questions arose about his positioning as Mauro Icardi found the net for Galatasaray. This led to former United goalkeeper David de Gea trending on social media, with fans expressing nostalgia and appreciation for the Spaniard’s contributions.
One fan stated, “David de Gea deserves a statue outside Old Trafford for the way he kept Manchester United in the game over and over again,” while another issued an apology on behalf of United fans: “David De Gea… I apologize on behalf of all Manchester United fans. Please forgive us.”
Criticism extended to the team’s manager, Erik ten Hag, with calls for decisive action. A fan remarked, “If Ten Hag claims he’s ruthless and can axe club legends like Ronaldo and De Gea, then he should have the guts to bench Onana in our upcoming matches. We’ve seen enough already.”
Another fan expressed concern about the goalkeeper transition, stating, “Getting rid of De Gea and Henderson and bringing in Onana and Bayindir might be the biggest downgrade in the history of Manchester United.” De Gea, who remains a free agent, previously communicated his desire for a new challenge and bid farewell to United fans after a successful 12-year stint.
In his farewell message, De Gea acknowledged the achievements during his time at the club, expressing pride in representing the institution and emphasizing the honor bestowed upon a select few footballers who don the iconic Manchester United shirt.
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