Manchester United's perfect record under Erik ten Hag came to an end after a howler from David De Gea at the very last second against Aston Villa.
Building on previous performances, the Red Devils were 2-0 up and flying in the first half courtesy of a strike from Jadon Sancho and an own goal from Matty Cash.
But Villa pulled one back through substitute Leon Bailey's curling strike from outside the area and then levelled matters with the last kick of the game.
Calum Chambers headed home the equaliser in what was more or less a free header but De Gea was blasted on social media for being completely hesitant to come out and claim the corner swung in.
Just watched that last min goal again and gotta be honest that was fucking awful from David de Gea.— Paul, Manc Bald and Bred (@MufcWonItAll) July 23, 2022
The goalkeeper is the only player on the pitch that can launch someone and it’s not a foul. That’s shocking from de gea and he’s been doing the same thing for the last 10 years.— Alfred Da Buttler (with 2 t’s) (@RicardoLukey) July 23, 2022
I'm sooo happy we're seeing these things again in preseason. The season will resume and De Gea still won't claim crosses. His problems are still there and Ten Hag will see them all. https://t.co/7s77FTDMgg— Papa Laye (@LieSagne) July 23, 2022
David de Gea's unwillingness to come out to collect crosses has cost us many times in the past, and is going to cost us more going forward.— Papi Chulo 🥀 (@caucasianchulo_) July 23, 2022
de gea and his lack of proactiveness during set pieces is nonsensical to say the least— yuma kuga (@_AZTEC10) July 23, 2022
De Gea glued to his line as usual ffs— Juan Mattered 🇱🇰 (@YanitedRitchie) July 23, 2022
David De Gea whenever a cross comes inside the 6 yard box. pic.twitter.com/GGCFuqFjeL— Mohammed (@Magnifico778) July 23, 2022
The Spanish goalkeeper has been guilty of lacking bravery and proactiveness in those types of scenarios in his time at United and it's something that Ten Hag won't be pleased about.
De Gea got away with one earlier on in the half when, in a carbon copy situation, he flapped big time and was lucky that Ezri Konsa couldn't stab the ball in.
People genuinely thinking that Ten Hag has changed De Gea in one game is the worst take i’ve seen on here in years pic.twitter.com/KypmQFb8xK— Frankie Saunders (@frankiesaunders) July 23, 2022
Next up for United is a clash against Atletico Madrid in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday 30 July, before a final fixture against another La Liga outfit Rayo Vallecano a day later at Old Trafford.
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