Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea believes Manchester United “will be back” challenging for major trophies but he doesn’t know when.
Ralf Rangnick’s Reds crashed out of this year’s Champions League after being beaten by de Gea’s former side Atletico Madrid 2-1 on aggregate.
Diego Simeone’s side won last night’s last-16 second leg 1-0 at Old Trafford with Renan Lodi’s first half header proving enough for the reigning La Liga champions to advance to the last eight.
United are left scratching their heads of where to go from here and facing the growing possibility of missing out on next season’s Champions League.
David de Gea was part of the Manchester United side that last lifted the Premier League trophy in 2013, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last year as manager of the club.
The Spanish international like Cristiano Ronaldo during his first stint at the club have experienced the glory days at Old Trafford, but since Sir Alex retired, the club has constantly found itself having to hit the reset button.
Following the defeat to his former club, de Gea was the man to carry out the post-match media duties and he spoke of his belief that United will rise to the top once more.
Speaking to MUTV and BT Sport, De Gea said: “It’s too many years without a trophy or fighting for trophies.
“So I think we need to be clear, we want to achieve good things, fight for trophies, we don’t just want to play for the top four, and be there, get out of the Champions League at quarter-finals, so we need much more from everyone because this club is too big.
“Of course, we want the best for this club. Myself, I have been here many, many years and I love the club. A difficult season again.
“I really believe this club will be back – I don’t know when this club will be back at the top but we are going to be fighting for big things.”