Due to his immensely high standards, I think it’s fair to say David de Gea had an extremely poor World Cup.
The Manchester United shot-stopper struggled with pretty much everything that came at him, which was rather surprising, given how well he has performed for his club all season.
In the end, the penalty shootout capped things off. He faced four, all of which were scored. Despite getting new a couple of them, he just wasn’t strong enough to palm them away from danger.
In the aftermath, De Gea has sent out an emotional tweet, explaining his disappointment, while adding that he will not let this happen again. That’s the right attitude to have if you want to go right to the very top in this game.
Para quienes apoyasteis, criticasteis con respeto y sufristeis con nosotros, gracias. Estamos jodidos pero nos levantaremos y no dejaremos de intentarlo 🇪🇸
To whom supported, suffered and criticised us with respect, thanks. We're fucked but we'll get up again and never give up. pic.twitter.com/es4NBr05CD
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) July 2, 2018
But, Spain’s loss is potentially Manchester United’s gain. If this poor World Cup changes Real Madrid’s mind about signing De Gea, then it could mean he remains a Red Devil for the rest of his career.
Although it’s sad to see him struggling for the national team, it doesn’t affect things for him at United. He’ll come back in 2018/19 with a point to prove, and I’m excited to see just how well he plays next season.