David de Gea has paid tribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he was sacked by the club.

Solskjaer’s story had to end after a fifth defeat in seven Premier League games.

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De Gea spoke openly and honestly in criticism of the team after the defeat to Watford on Saturday.

But when it came to paying tribute to his now former boss, De Gea only had positive words.

A testing stretch of De Gea’s career

De Gea had a tough time under Solskjaer and not necessarily down to the manager.

He was the undisputed number one when Solskjaer arrived, but his own form began to slide.

 

Errors crept into his game and Solskjaer backed him, at the detriment of reliable back-up Sergio Romero.

Last season De Gea lost his place to Dean Henderson for a stretch, before regaining his place for the Europa League final.

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The decision to start De Gea backfired, with the goalkeeper enduring a chastening penalty shootout in which he conceded 11 goals and missed his spot-kick.

This season he retained his place in the line-up and rediscovered his form, even saving three penalties.

But it was not enough, with poor defending and disjointed attacking play combining to leave United’s season crumbling as early as November.

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