Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has effectively ruled out the Red Devils from the league title race after a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal on Wednesday night left the club 18 points behind league leaders Manchester City and eight points off a place in the top four. The draw extended Man. Utd’s winless run in the league to four games.
According to De Gea, United should be challenging for the title instead but with their poor form, the aim now is to try and qualify for the Champions League next season. “It’s been a bad season so far for us to be honest. We’re in a poor league position. We’re Manchester United and we should be challenging for the title. We’re far behind and it’ll be impossible for us to win it, our aim is to qualify for the Champions League.”
De Gea also defended under fire manager, Jose Mourinho, saying, “He’s the coach. We all have to be united. The players, coaching staff and the coach. We’re all pulling in the same direction and moving forward together.” Mourinho has had to deal with speculation of conflicts between him and a number of players in his squad including Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.
The United manager was also reported to have gone on a rant at a number of young players in the squad before the Southampton game which saw the club come from 2-0 down to salvage a 2-2 draw against the Premier League strugglers. Next up for the De Gea, Mourinho and the Red Devils is a home game against Fulham who have picked up four points from three games played under new boss, Claudio Ranieri.