David de Gea says Manchester United loss to West Brom 'tough to take'

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David de Gea walks off the Old Trafford following the 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion on April 15, 2018
Image: David De Gea says the United players are feeling down after losing to West Brom

David de Gea says Manchester United's players are struggling to get over the "unexpected defeat" against West Brom.

United travel to Bournemouth on Wednesday on the back of a shock 1-0 loss against the Premier League's bottom club, which confirmed rivals Manchester City as champions.

Liverpool's win over the Cherries last Saturday - and United's subsequent loss to the Baggies - has cut the gap between them and second-placed United to one point, and De Gea says it makes their trip to the Vitality Stadium a must-win game.

"It was a tough one to take; it was a real blow and we're all a bit down," De Gea told MUTV.

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"It was such an unexpected defeat but the good thing is we have got a game coming right up on the back of it.

"It is a real chance to lift ourselves and get back to winning ways."

Jose Mourinho intends to make changes ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham but De Gea says the runners-up spot in the Premier League remains a target.

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"What we have got to make sure of now is that we finish second this season," he said. "That's what we've got to hope for league-wise.

"We've got to make sure we put in a good performance and get the win midweek and make sure we hold on to that second place."

Bournemouth have won one of their last eight fixtures, a 2-1 success over West Brom on March 17, but De Gea is still expecting a stern test.

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"They've had a really good season, especially in the performances and the results they've gained at home," he said.

"They're quick all over the field, they've got some speedy forwards. Quite a few of the front players have got a good eye for goal, as well.

"It's not an easy place to go. It's quite a small, compact place, a difficult ground to go and get a result.

"All that considered, we've still got to make sure that we perform well to try and get those three points. That's the key."

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