EPL: What De Gea Said After United's Loss To Newcastle
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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has apologised to the club’s fans for the side’s poor showing in a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are now two points off the relegation zone after the tie and have not won any game away from home since March.

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Speaking after the clash, De Gea described it as the toughest time he has spent since joining the Old Trafford team in 2011.

According to the Spaniard, he is yet to understand the team’s poor showing since the start of the season.

“Yes, it probably is the most difficult time since I’ve been here,” De Gea told Sky Sports.

“I don’t know. I don’t know what is happening, we cannot score even one goal in two games.

“It’s difficult to say something, sorry to the fans, we will keep fighting for sure. We will come back but at the moment we are in a difficult situation.

“The whole season has been not good, so keep going, keep fighting, and let’s see what happens in the next games.”

In a related development, ex-United defender Gary Neville has fingered the club’s transfer policy for their present struggles.

Neville said that United lack quality players and did not do much to beef up the squad during the transfer window.

“Away from home, they’re not set up to win in a sense of the mentality. They let games drift, I think they play OK in games, but they’re not ruthless, they’re not clinical,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“The quality is not right, the depth of their squad is not good enough and they have taken a step back.

“Their recruitment has been bad now and woeful. They need five or six top players into that squad and are going to cost a lot.

“They (club board) have cocked this up over many years. They cocked it up, they are responsible for this, with poor recruitment and selection of managers.”