Spain boss says David De Gea’s critics are turned on by Man Utd star’s mistakes

Spain coach Luis Enrique has claimed that blaming David De Gea “has become a turn on” to some.

Manchester United star De Gea has made a number of errors in recent months with the latest of those coming in Tuesday night’s Nations League clash with Ukraine.

The goalkeeper was out of position following a long ball with Viktor Tsygankov capitalising as Spain suffered a surprise defeat.

It understandably left many criticising De Gea on social media though Enrique believes it’s become a matter of “obsession”.

“Blaming De Gea is an obsession and has become a turn on,” Enrique said during a post match interview with El Chiringuito.

“The responsibility for each goal belongs to the whole team. We need to improve and create more scoring chances.

“I am happy with what I have seen today within the squad that opinion has not changed.”

Spain had over 70 per cent possession against Ukraine while also having 21 shots on goal, though their 15-game unbeaten run came to an end.

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Enrique added: "If you attack in a continuous way, you know there are transitions. If a team defends and keeps it at 0-0, they grow, and in one action they've caught us. We have to congratulate them.

"Nothing happens because in one or two games you don't score goals. We created chances to kill them off. It was a game clearly under our control, with opponents closing the passes and the passing lines.

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"We created chances with Adama [Traore] through his overlapping. In the end, we went into panic mode. I've lost lots of these games in my career. The opponent is growing and then in a transition…

"The conclusion is I liked the attitude of the players. I like what I see."

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