Manchester United boost as David de Gea hints at problem with Spanish press – which may put keeper off Real Madrid move

The Manchester United No1 allowed a left-footed strike from hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo to sneak through his grasp to give Portugal a 2-1 lead in the first-half.

The 27-year-old took aim at his critics in the media post-match.

He told reporters: “I don’t see much that they support me from Spain.

“My own criticism is bad enough. I would have liked that they defend me more in a difficult moment in my life, with an issue from outside the game.

"I am happy with the support from the manager and the lads.

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“This can happen. It’s a mistake. We put on our gloves and go out into the field and we know how difficult it is. I count on the support of the coach and my colleagues to continue.

"I will stay calm. It was a difficult ball, I’ll keep training and try to do things right. I haven’t killed anyone.”

The Spanish press have a reputation for dishing out particularly harsh criticism, so De Gea's reaction could hint at his desire to avoid a return to La Liga.

Long-term admirers Real Madrid came perilously close to signing him on deadline day in August 2015, before he penned a four-year contract with United 11 days later.

While SunSport reported on Saturday that the keeper is set to commit himself to Manchester United for another five years.

The Spanish keeper has been offered a new deal to fend off interest from Real Madrid.

Now De Gea, who is happy at Old Trafford, seems set to put pen to paper when he returns from the World Cup.

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