David De Gea made a terrible mistake as Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates on Sunday.
The Spain international, usually so reliable for the Red Devils, was at fault for his side conceding a strange goal from midfielder Granit Xhaka.
The Gunners star took aim from distance and launched a speculative effort at goal.
The ball appeared to dip in the air and, with De Gea committing his weight to one side, the ball merely floated into the bottom corner. There was no deflection and nor was the goalkeeper unsighted, with the shot giving Unai Emery’s side the lead in north London.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrapped up the victory in the second half as he scored from the penalty spot after Fred fouled Alexandre Lacazette in the area.
Per Squawka, De Gea last saved a penalty in October of 2014, seeing 13 spot-kicks ripple the net in that time.
And United fans have agreed with Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville’s assertion, via Daily Mirror, that the goalkeeper has been distracted by contract talks in recent months.
United triggered a one-year extension in De Gea’s contract in November, but the London Evening Standard report that he is holding out for a bumper deal that will make him the club’s highest-paid player on over £400,000-per-week.
Take a look at the best of the reaction on Twitter below!
De Gea’s form’s been questionable recently. Not sure if it’s because of contract renewal or not. #mufc
— AlwaysRed (@fuzy_sk) March 10, 2019
Let’s face it, De Gea hasn’t been at his best for a while, probably the contract situation distracting him
— Joseph_MUFC (@1878_Man_United) March 10, 2019
Time to bench De Gea until he sorts out his contract issues, can't afford to have an absent minded goalie at this time of the season
— Reset (@khtsa_) March 10, 2019
De Gea needs to buck up his ideas too. Stalling on a contract & his performances have been erratic this season
— mac10 (@mac1098360354) March 10, 2019
De Gea needs to focus mahn, if he's no longer interested cause of his contract issues at the club he's free to join a different club
We can always sign a different GK!!!
— Cess (@Softest_) March 10, 2019
And David needs to get his contract sorted out soon. United need to offer whatever it takes to keep him at the club. His performances over the past 2 weeks have been horrible, and today was no different. DDG on top form saves that shot and maybe even the penalty.
— Balaji Sivaraman (@balajisivaraman) March 10, 2019
DDG has been having a poor season compared to his standard. We need to close on the contract soon and hope he regains his focus
— OleBall FC (@KhanRabib) March 10, 2019
DDG always has a dip in form during contract negotiations.
— Vijay Rajan (@Vijay_Rajan1) March 10, 2019