David de Gea suggests Manchester United are under ‘curse’ amid years of no silverware

David de Gea suggests Manchester United are under 'curse' amid years of no silverware

David de Gea has suggested that Manchester United might be under a ‘curse’ amid their recent struggles to win silverware in the past four years.

Man United last won the Premier League title in 2013, the last year Sir Alex Ferguson retired from management.

Since then, Manchester United have rather turned their focus on finishing in the top-four as challenging for the title has almost been out of reach.

Despite lowering their standards, the Red Devils struggled to make the top-four consistently, until when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was made permanent boss, where he finished 3rd and 2nd in his first and second full seasons respectively.

Under the Norwegian, Manchester United reached three semi-finals in Solskjaer’s first full season and made a shock comeback to finish 3rd in the league, having stayed outside the Champions League qualification spots for the majority of the season.

Last season, Manchester United would rather fail to get past the semi-final in their domestic competitions, finishing in the semi-final and quarter-final in the Carabao Cup respectively.

Just when they thought they had finally gotten the chance to lift their first trophy since 2017, Manchester United lost the Europa League final to Villarreal on penalties, with David de Gea missing a decisive penalty kick.

The Red Devils signed the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane in a bid to advance Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s chances of winning silverware, but that wasn’t enough as they got eliminated in the third round of the Carabao Cup after a 1-0 home loss to West Ham United.

Ralf Rangnick replaced the Norwegian last year but also succumbed to another elimination, despite dominating the game, when Manchester United lost 8-7 on penalties to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fourth round.

David de Gea missed a decisive penalty kick as Manchester United lost the Europa League to Villarreal
David de Gea missed a decisive penalty kick as Manchester United lost the Europa League to Villarreal

United are already out of the Premier League title race as their chances of making a top-four finish are still weighed, limiting them to only the Champions League competition, something Luke Shaw claimed United players have the belief of winning it despite their rollercoaster performances.

David de Gea has suggested that maybe United’s title drought in recent years might be down to a curse put on them.

“I think someone has put a curse on us or something,” David de Gea told EL PAÍS. 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’.

“We [Manchester United] should have competed for more trophies, bigger titles, but I just don’t know why this team doesn’t function.”

David de Gea has been on a decent run of form this season, saving three penalties in a row as well as making the most saves in the Premier League so far.

“I don’t know if that’s a good thing [save stats],” de Gea added. “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.”

On summer signing, Cristiano Ronaldo, De Gea added: “Even just seeing him [Cristiano Ronaldo] walk through the door gives you a desire to show you’re at his level.

“He works so hard and is very demanding of himself. I think he’s a bit calmer than before, but he is a machine.”