David de Gea’s comments make clear Man Utd’s change under Michael Carrick

Caretaker manager Carrick oversaw a 1-1 draw at Chelsea in United’s first Premier League game since the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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David de Gea’s interview after Manchester United’s defeat at Watford last weekend laid bare the shortcomings under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the goalkeeper’s comments in the aftermath of a draw at Chelsea showed how much he believes things have changed.

United have conceded 22 goals in 13 games this season – more than three of the bottom six teams in the Premier League – and the Spaniard didn’t mince his words after shipping four at Vicarage Road despite saving a penalty.

The Red Devils gave away another spot-kick at Stamford Bridge in Michael Carrick’s first Premier League game in caretaker charge, with Jorginho beating De Gea to earn Chelsea a point.

However, despite yet again being denied a clean sheet, United’s number one was quick to draw attention to the improvements in Carrick’s first domestic game in charge.

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De Gea had described the first half at Watford as “embarrassing,” saying “It’s easy to blame the manager or the staff but sometimes it’s the players”.

“We are trying to give our best and fight for the team but for sure something is very wrong.”

While the goalkeeper was also called into action plenty of times against Chelsea, earning his side a point with some important saves, he also pointed to some bigger changes in Carrick’s two games at the helm.

“The last games before we were conceding three or four. Now we concede one from a penalty so we are improving but this has been only 2 games,” De Gea said after the draw.

“We need to show in the games coming so let’s keep going and focus and keep our 100%.”

“We were conceding lots of goals and chances and we were playing poorly but at least now we are defending well, we are fighting for the ball and a couple good results.

“It’s a strange one but we are professional players we need to train and play properly we play under pressure but that’s Manchester United so we will see what happens but we are a team fighting together.”

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United remain 12 points behind Chelsea after the draw, with Jorginho cancelling out Jadon Sancho’s opener for the visitors.

The point leaves United eighth in the table, though West Ham United’s defeat at Manchester City means the gap to the top four is down to five points.

Incoming interim manager Ralf Rangnick is expected to take over in December, but Carrick may well remain in the dugout for the match against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday.

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