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De Gea pinpoints Man Utd's crucial failing in their goalless draw at Chelsea

FOOTBALL By Mirror | March 1st 2021
February 28, 2021 Manchester United's David de Gea with teammates before the match Pool [ REUTERS]

David de Gea believes Manchester United's final pass was what let them down in their goalless draw at Chelsea.

The Red Devils returned to Old Trafford with a point having been able to breach the Blues defence.

It means they lose more ground on league leaders Manchester City and failed to take advantage of defeats for top four rivals Leicester and West Ham.

United managed just four shots on target as they struggled to create clear cut chances at Stamford Bridge.

De Gea insists they have to win these types of games if they want to get back to winning silverware.

And he felt as if their attack wasn't quite clicking in west London.

“I think it was [the right result], we didn't have many chances, we didn’t create much," he told MUTV.

"I think both teams defended really well, there weren't many chances, the draw was fine, but if we want to win trophies we have to beat these teams.

“The last pass was what we missed today, we created good counter-attacks but the last pass wasn’t the best position.

February 28, 2021 Manchester United's Harry Maguire bumps fists with Chelsea's Timo Werner after the match [REUTERS]

"At least we defended really well, the team was strong today, we gave everything and it wasn’t enough."

De Gea was called upon in the second-half as Hakim Ziyech's powerful effort was kept out by a strong right hand from the Spaniard.

“It was a big one, especially in this moment of the game, I’m really happy, I feel really well, but like I said before we want to do more, it’s not enough if we want to win trophies," he added.

The game's main talking point was Stuart Attwell's decision not to award a first-half penalty to the visitors.

The referee was advised to consult the pitchside monitor to deem whether Callum Hudson-Odoi had handled the ball.

It looked as if he had, but the official opted against pointing to the spot.

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