David De Gea.

De Gea: We need to do more if we want trophies

Monday 01 March 2021 08:00

David De Gea says Manchester United need to be more clinical in games against top opposition, if we are to start winning silverware.

The Reds made it 20 games unbeaten in the league away from home by drawing 0-0 with Chelsea, but were left frustrated that we couldn’t turn one point into three.

It leaves us well placed in second position in the table, but trailing league leaders Manchester City by 12 points, and De Gea says more ruthlessness is required.

De Gea: We have to beat teams like Chelsea Video

De Gea: We have to beat teams like Chelsea

David's save earned us a big clean sheet at Stamford Bridge, but he admits we need to turn more draws into wins...

“I think that the draw is fine, but if we want to do something good and we want to win trophies and win the league, we have to beat these teams,” he told club media.

“We didn’t have many chances; we didn’t create too much. I think the last pass was what we missed today. We created good counter-attacks, but at the end, the last pass wasn't the best option, but at least we defended really well today.

“They [Chelsea] didn’t have many chances. They had a couple of chances, but the team was strong today. We gave everything today but it wasn't enough, to be honest.”

De Gea made an important save to deny Hakim Ziyech an opening goal in the second half, and was pleased with a clean sheet.

“It was a big one [the Ziyech save], especially in this moment of the game,” he said. “They had a big chance and I helped the team with the save. So I'm really happy, I feel really well. But, like I said before, we need to do more; it's not enough if we want to win trophies.”

The big talking point of the match was a VAR decision not to give a penalty after Callum Hudson-Odoi handled in the early stages – and De Gea admitted there was frustration and confusion.

“When I saw the referee went to the TV to check the penalty, I felt it was a penalty, to be honest,” he explained. “Someone said it was a handball. I didn't see it, but it probably was a penalty. But this is football, this is the VAR, everything. So now let's be focused on Crystal Palace.”

United travel to Selhurst Park to face the Eagles on Wednesday, and the Spaniard knows the importance of claiming all three points, given our following game: the third Manchester derby of the season at the Etihad Stadium.

“Win the next and then we play against them [City], so let's see if we can beat them and we can be closer to them, because now they are winning games, they are playing well, and now the gap is bigger,” he urged. “It's not easy, it's not easy. But this is the Premier League; we want to give everything until the last game and fight to be as high as we can.

“It’s unbelievable to be 20 unbeatable games away from home, especially [in the] Premier League, [where it's] always difficult, so I think it's something to be proud [of for] the whole team. So let's keep going, let's be focused on Crystal Palace, and let's go there and try to win.”