Fans ridicule "weak" De Gea who blamed team for Villa goal after ducking cross

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David de Gea has been labelled "weak" and lacking in confidence after his mistake cost Manchester United a fourth straight pre-season victory.

United were 2-1 up against Aston Villa in the final minute of a friendly in Perth on Saturday when Steven Gerrard's side earned a corner. Leon Bailey, who had scored Villa’s second-half goal to cut the deficit, put in an inswinging and dipping ball into United’s six-yard box.

Rather than come and claim the ball, or punch it away, De Gea, who earns £290,000 a week, remained rooted to the spot. Villa substitute Cameron Archer stood his ground in front of the United goalkeeper, who failed to get anywhere near the ball in a packed box.

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Calum Chambers was the beneficiary, nodding into an unguarded net to make it 2-2 and ensure United had thrown away a two-goal lead. De Gea looked baffled and threw up his arms to suggest his defence had been at fault.

Jadon Sancho's volley from Luke Shaw’s back-post cross and Matty Cash’s own-goal from a Marcus Rashford attempt had earlier put Erik ten Hag’s side on course for another win. Instead, it was De Gea’s mistake which turned into a talking point among United fans.

"De Gea is a weak keeper that can’t command his area it's very simple," wrote one fan on Twitter. "How's a professional goalkeeper ducking for a high ball," added another.

"Apparently he's the best in the league," wrote another fan sarcastically. "He's been a culprit on so many occasions for these types," commented another. "I love De Gea but this is something I've always thought he's gotta improve in. He's not confident in coming out and commanding the space and when he does the goals left wide open."

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Another fan was even more blunt in their appraisal, stating: "The Dracula strikes again, De Gea afraid to come and claim crosses yet again."

The Spaniard is by far the club’s longest-serving player, having joined way back in 2011 and has made 487 appearances while winning the player of the year award five times. He said this week that he would like to end his career at United, such is his connection to the team.

"If they let me stay I will stay, for sure. I’m really comfortable, happy and hopefully before I leave we can win something more," he told the Guardian. "I didn't talk with anyone yet [about a renewal] but of course. Because I want to be here for more years."

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