David de Gea issues apology after Manchester United’s defeat at Everton

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has issued an apology following the club’s embarrassing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Everton on Sunday. The Red Devils had gone into the game with a good chance of closing on the top four places, but instead they suffered one of their worst-ever results in the Premier League era.

Speaking after the game, De Gea went on to Instagram to say sorry to the away supporters, who had witnessed the lack of effort from the team, he penned: “Difficult to put what I am feeling today into words. As captain I want to say that the performance of the team today, on top of the result, was not up to the standard expected when you pull on this shirt. We know that we have to improve but words mean little: we have to give everything for this club. Thank you for your unconditional support.”

The Mancunian giants have been pretty poor in the past few months and the defeat against the Toffees was their sixth in the past eight matches. Despite this, they find themselves within three points off the top four, but their prospects of making the Champions League places look bleak unless they win their remaining games and hope their nearest challengers drop points.

In midweek, United are scheduled to face Manchester City in the cross-town derby and the game remains a potential must-win after squandering the chance to beat Everton at the weekend. On paper, the Citizens are by far the better team with the confidence to boost, but United have shown in the past that they can rise up to the occasion when facing their close neighbours.

Should United secure at least one point, the Premier League title race could take a massive tilt with Liverpool holding the advantage. The Reds are currently two points ahead of the Citizens at the top of the table, but Pep Guardiola’s men have the game in hand against Manchester United.