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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea reportedly apologised to his teammates at half time during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea. After some errors - particularly aerially - in the first half of his debut season at United in 2011-12, he was dropped by Alex Ferguson and accused by some pundits of being too slight for the rough and tumble of the Premier League. "It's one of the biggest clubs in the world and, on a personal level, I want to play in the Champions League", said the coveted attacker, who is constantly one of the main news stories, with Real Madrid looking to secure his services again.

If need be, the Old Trafford management is ready to trigger the €120 million release clause included in the fresh terms Oblak recently penned with Atletico. "I don't think we should discredit him and say all of a sudden he's a bad goalkeeper". De Gea spilt Antonio Rudiger's shot from distance into the path of Marcos Alonso, who found the net via the right-hand post. The point means United's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League are out of their hands, but De Gea atoned for his earlier mistake with an excellent save to deny Gonzalo Higuain at the death.

"The stress and the fatigue arrived, We are competing with circumstances that are not the best", admitted Pochettino after a sixth defeat in 10 league games.

Then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came in as caretaker manager, winning six league games in a row and bringing the Red Devils within touching distance of 4th place.

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In years gone back, if you'd told a Chelsea fan that they had to beat Watford at home and Leicester on the road to guarantee themselves Champions League football, they'd likely tell you it was as good as done.

He added: "I don't know - you have to ask the club". He later bemoaned the lack of support from the Spanish public "in a hard moment in my life" and said "I haven't killed anyone". The 1-0 win keeps City in front of title challengers Liverpool, with just two games left for all teams in the EPL.

It's time we recognised that we have well and truly bottled it under Solskjaer this season.

  • Lawrence Cooper