De Gea says unhappy teammates must leave Manchester United and says he can't wait to play under Ten Hag

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has given an uncompromising view of the club’s season after the final day defeat to Crystal Palace.

United slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park, although did scrape sixth after West Ham lost to Brighton.

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‘Unhappy teammates must leave’

De Gea’s interview with BBC reporter Shamoon Hafez pulled no punches. He is fed up with this season and is glad to see the back of it.


But he is not running away from the situation, and wants to put it right. He added that he cannot wait to play under new manager Erik ten Hag.

De Gea called on unhappy teammates to leave the club, and let the players who do want to turn it around, to get on with it.

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Whatever you think of De Gea, his attitude with his interview is spot on. He is clearly looking forward to playing under new manager Erik ten Hag, and the Dutchman will appreciate the sentiment.

The dressing room needs leaders and strong characters, and De Gea’s long association with the club makes him a respected figure.

It is likely he gets at least one season under Ten Hag, before the incoming manager decides if he needs a new goalkeeper or not. There is a case to replace him, it just is not the biggest priority.

The bigger priorities are to get rid of the players who don’t want to be here, and replace them with players who do want to be a part of Manchester United’s hopefully bright future.

De Gea’s words seem like a prelude to the message Ten Hag will put out. The manager will not want any unhappy players sticking around.

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