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David de Gea during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford, Manchester, January 2023.

Watch: David de Gea gifts Everton a goal with jaw-dropping howler

David de Gea has been an excellent servant for Manchester United but we can’t quite believe how he managed to gift Everton an equaliser during the first half of Friday’s FA Cup tie at Old Trafford.

De Gea has played for United since 2011 and has generally been excellent between the sticks during a difficult period for the club.

And the former Spain international recently went public with his desire to stay at Old Trafford beyond the end of the 2022-23 season.

The 32-year-old’s current deal runs out at the end of the season, with United holding the option of a one-year extension, but there have been talks over a longer-term contract.

“I’m very relaxed,” De Gea said when asked about his contract situation. “I just focus on training, perform as best as I can. But, for sure, it’s going to end in a good way.

“I hope (to stay for the rest of my career). I was saying this is my club, I’ve been here many, many years and it’s a huge honour to be here and I’m so happy here.”

United’s improvement has been underpinned by a vastly improved defensive record – their last Premier League goal conceded at home came against Arsenal at the start of September.

“We were talking, everyone is ready, everyone is focused, everyone is training really well, everyone is in the same direction, so this is massive,” De Gea said when asked what has changed from last season.

“It doesn’t matter who is playing. Even the substitutes, it doesn’t matter who came in, they put everything on the pitch, we have great team spirit and for me it’s great to see the players play in this way.”

But we’re still trying to get our heads around the goal De Gea conceded during Friday’s cup match against Everton.

United were leading 1-0 when Neal Maupay clipped a short-range cross-shot that pinballed through the legs of De Gea, standing against the near post, and was touched into the net by Coady.

What on earth was doing? Perhaps even De Gea wouldn’t be able to answer that pertinent question…


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