David de Gea has sent a damning message to his Manchester United teammates “who don’t want to stay” at Old Trafford.
United finished sixth in the Premier League after a disappointing campaign.
Despite losing at Crystal Palace on the last day, Erik ten Hag’s side will be playing Europa League football in 2022/23 thanks to Brighton’s comeback win against West Ham.
It promises to be a big summer for the club with numerous first-team players leaving when their contracts expire next month.
More are expected to depart Old Trafford, and goalkeeper De Gea has told his uncommitted teammates to “just go”.
“It’s the same feeling. The level we have shown in the last three or four months isn’t enough to win a Premier League match, we were sloppy, we lost some easy balls around our box, it’s impossible to win the games,” De Gea told MUTV (via Sky Sports).
This season is over. One final message to thank everyone for the support, the United fans are like no other in football. You’ve stuck with us all the way through some very very tough moments. Our focus is already on the new season, we are United and we will be back. pic.twitter.com/AwzGs8voeE
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 22, 2022
“I just want to be positive, to forget about this season. The new manager [Erik ten Hag] was in the stands, so that’s a good signal. I hope things will get better for next season – that’s the past already. We all know it’s been a bad season, for everyone.
“The people who don’t want to stay, just go, and the people who really want to stay at the club, who want to fight for the club, let’s have a good rest in the summer, prepare ourselves in the mind and in the body and be ready to fight again next season.”
The Dutchman seemed to indicate he can get more from the current squad with hard work.
“That is what I expect,” Ten Hag told MUTV. “I have high expectations from myself and that is also what I demand from my squad.
“They have to co-operate together and they have to give every day their best. And I would say, for me, good is not good enough. We have to do better.”