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David de Gea's performance in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea has resulted in fans looking for the exact moment that 'broke' him.
The Manchester United goalkeeper was once regarded as one of the world's best but mistakes have begun to creep into his game, with this evening's 3-1 defeat highlighting his fall from grace.
His sharp decline has everyone asking the same question... What happened?
Well, Cristiano Ronaldo happened.
The exact moment David De Gea went from world class to a Spanish Karius with sideburns...
- Andy Robson Tips (@AndyRobsonTips) July 19, 2020
Portuguese superstar Ronaldo put three past Spain at the World Cup back in 2018, with de Gea between the sticks.
While a player of Ronaldo's quality scoring a hat-trick past you is nothing to be ashamed off, it was the manner of the goals that worried fans.
His second was straight at the 29-year-old who spilled it into the net on the world stage.
David De Gea had one of the best seasons we've ever seen from a goalkeeper.
Then he had his Rob Green moment at the World Cup, and... he became Rob Green pic.twitter.com/skynyd2IZh
- Henry Bushnell (@HenryBushnell) July 19, 2020
This was precisely the moment David de Gea stopped being world class pic.twitter.com/IynEwgiVOE
- Filipe Orlando (@MrFilipeOrlando) July 19, 2020
I don't think I've ever seen a keeper decline as severly as De Gea has and for it to happen almost overnight ans during his supposed peak years. He went from being insanely good in 17/18 to a shaky, error prone keeper from the World Cup onwards ...
- Иван (@ivan_i94) July 19, 2020
I think it's finally time we recall Dean Henderson and bench DDG.
David De Gea hasn't been the same since the 2018 world cup
- 'El Gran' Osvaldo (@Vizzy_rayven) July 19, 2020
De Gea's misery began against Chelsea when Olivier Giroud put Frank Lampard's side ahead just before half time.
His flick caught de Gea off guard which fizzed away from his grasp.
The second half then begun with Mason Mount's low drive spilling out of his hands to double Chelsea's lead.
Low & hard from Mason Mount! :punch:#EmiratesFACup #MUNCHE pic.twitter.com/8DZE2TnmWB
- The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) July 19, 2020
De Gea kept United in the game with string of saves before Harry Maguire's own goal ended all hopes of a comeback.
Bruno Fernandes scored a consolation from the penalty spot five minutes from time.
Chelsea will now take on Arsenal in the final on August 1.
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