17/04/2018 17:00, Report by Joe Ganley
David De Gea has urged Manchester United to respond to Sunday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, by collecting all three points in a “key” match against Bournemouth on Wednesday evening.
The Spanish goalkeeper was powerless to prevent Jay Rodriguez from nodding home the only goal of the game against the Baggies last weekend, and revealed that the surprise defeat has hit the team hard.
“It was a tough one to take,” said United’s no.1, while speaking to MUTV’s Mark Sullivan as the team prepared to travel to the south coast.
“It was a real blow and we’re all a bit down. It was such an unexpected defeat. But the good thing is we have got a game coming right up on the back of this defeat. It’s a real chance to lift ourselves and get back to winning ways.”
United controlled the large majority of last Sunday’s match at Old Trafford, but were unable to convert a series of chances, in part due to the excellence of De Gea’s opposite number – and former United man – Ben Foster. The Reds were then caught by a classic sucker-punch at the other end when Rodriguez scored, with just 17 minutes of the game remaining.
But Jose Mourinho’s men have the perfect opportunity to bounce back quickly against Bournemouth, not that De Gea and his colleagues will be taking Eddie Howe’s side lightly.
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