De Gea shares 'intense disappointment' over United's exit from Europe

David de Gea has taken to Instagram to post about Manchester United’s exit from the Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

It was the first time in ten years at United that de Gea has faced his former employers and it ended in a 2-1 aggregate defeat.

The Spaniard faced the press after the game and said that United will be back on top at some point – but he does not know when.

And now he has posted on Instagram more about his feelings on the defeat in United’s final game before an extended break until 2 April.

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United’s players have been given some time off until the end of the international break, when their preparations for the match against Leicester will kick into gear.

De Gea has said that the full focus is now on those remaining Premier League fixtures which could still take United into the top four.

Of course, we have been here plenty of times with United players.

A big defeat is followed up by social media posts resolving to do better. At least de Gea did not apologise and he has been United’s best player this season.

It has been a tough week for the goalkeeper though, as he was also dropped from the Spain squad for the forthcoming games by Luis Enrique.

It appears the former Barcelona boss wants goalkeepers who are more assured with their feet than de Gea, and even getting back to his very top form is not good enough for him.

Brentford goalkeeper David Raya has been included in the squad and with all due respect, he is not a player in the same class as de Gea.

That is something else for de Gea to deal with, although it should mean he gets back to United refreshed and focused, ready to maintain his strong form for the rest of the season.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.