It’s fair to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United did not get off to the best of starts after the coronavirus break.
While the Red Devils seemed to approach their opening fixture after a three-month absence in buoyant mood – aided in no small part to Marcus Rashford’s admirable efforts for charity – they were rapidly brought back down to earth at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as they fell behind to a goal from Steven Bergwijn.
From a defensive perspective, it was a disappointing goal to concede, with the Dutchman allowed to gather possession around 40 yards from goal and cut a path easily through the defence before blasting a shot through David de Gea.
It was the latest mistake from the keeper, who was once considered one of the best in the world in his position but who has struggled to find his best form for several months.
While the Spain international should have done more than palm the opening goal into the roof of the net, it was a move that should have been stopped closer to source as Harry Maguire was much too easily beaten by the exciting attacker, as the world’s most expensive defender was slow on the turn.
Unsurprisingly, the reaction to the goal on social media was brutal.
Someone tell De Gea that hand sanitizer is for your actual hands and not ya gloves— mathew rennie (@mathew_rennie) June 19, 2020
David De Gea since the 2018 World Cup: pic.twitter.com/lf55UmgZOi— ⚡️🇧🇼 (@Priceless_Silva) June 19, 2020
All us Manchester United fans when de Gea made that stupid mistake:pic.twitter.com/RzT1KQAJnr— Adil (@Adil_UTD) June 19, 2020
United fans have been waiting three months for a Bruno X Pogba masterclass, only to be greeted with a Maguire and De Gea disaster 😭— Neymar PR (@BagOfNuts_) June 19, 2020
De Gea when there’s an easy save to make pic.twitter.com/EZN3U4udCa— Cal💬 (@CalChibnall) June 19, 2020
If you ever feel stupid then just remember Man Utd made this guy the most expensive defender in the world. pic.twitter.com/zB1mJVaZHG— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) June 19, 2020
I’ve heard people say that De Gea > Bernd Leno 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/WBcorcnzHG— ♣️ (@AFCMax9) June 19, 2020
May the god of Arsenal be with Manchester United and may the spirit of error that resides in David Luiz dwell in Maguirenand De Gea tonight as they battle Spurs.— Elder Seun (@iamseunalaofin) June 19, 2020
I am here drinking my fearless classic energy drink, nothing will stop that prayer!!#TOTMUN pic.twitter.com/C3JoQdFgcV
Nice to see the 3 month break hasn’t stopped Maguire & De Gea from being clowns— ً (@TheImmortalKop) June 19, 2020