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De Gea: No way to explain United form

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea admits he has no answer for why the Red Devils are struggling in the Premier League while impressing in the Champions League.

De Gea has been one of United's top performers this season.
David de Gea is hopeful of a place in Spain's World Cup squad after Victor Valdes' injury.

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The reigning English champions currently languish seventh in the table after a disappointing domestic campaign, though they head into the second leg of their European quarterfinal with Bayern Munich next week off the back of a spirited 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The Red Devils have been beaten on six occasions at home in the league this season -- including consecutive 3-0 losses to Liverpool and Manchester City in March -- but De Gea, 23, has backed United to return stronger.

"It's hard to say why, " Sky Sports reports De Gea as saying. "There's no particular reason for it. But we've certainly played better and been more consistent in Europe than in the league.

"They're two different competitions and things haven't gone well in the league, but the Champions League is a special competition, the team have done well.

"It's been quite a tough period for us in the league and we were down after the defeats to Liverpool and [Manchester] City.

"But we are United and we must lift ourselves and fight."

David Moyes’ side are currently 10 points off of fourth-placed Arsenal -- who occupy the final Champions League qualifying place -- and travel to Newcastle on Saturday before their trip to face Pep Guardiola’s Bayern outfit next Wednesday.

De Gea recently revealed he is hopeful of landing a spot in Spain's World Cup squad after Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes was ruled out for seven months with a knee injury.


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