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David De Gea blames ‘curse’ for Man United’s struggles

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De Gea has blamed a ‘curse’ for Man United’s struggles since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

David De Gea has blamed a ‘curse’ for Manchester United’s struggles to win a trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

The Red Devils have not won the Premier League since 2013, and last lifted silverware in 2017, when they won the Europa League.

They fell short in their bid to win the Europa League last season after losing a penalty shoot-out to Villarreal.

And De Gea, who was a part of United’s title-winning squad in 2012/13, joked that his side have been ‘cursed’.

Speaking to El Pais via @utdreport, he said: “I think someone has put a curse on us or something. The truth is I don’t know what’s going on, I really don’t.

“People always ask me and we talk about it as team-mates and we just say ‘we don’t know what’s happening.'”​

He continued: “We should have competed for more trophies, bigger titles, but I just don’t know why this team doesn’t function.​

“I don’t know if that’s a good thing [save stats]. Teams create a lot of chances against us.

“But that’s what I’m here for: trying to stop goals, help the team however I can and this year things are going well in that regard.”​

United are currently sixth on the Premier League table, 21 points off leaders Manchester City, and their only real hope of a trophy this season is if they win the Champions League.