The Spaniards were hot favourites to progress to the quarter-finals against Russia in Moscow this afternoon, but a dour 1-1 draw inside the Luzniki Stadium led to extra-time and then penalties – and the hosts managed to hold their nerve to knock-out the 2010 winners.
Spain completely dominated possession for pretty much the entire 120 minutes of play, but failed to really carve any clear-cut chances, with their solitary goal arriving in the form of a pretty bizarre own goal from veteran defender Sergei Ignashevich.
But a quick glance at social media will tell you that it’s not the Spanish attackers who are taking the brunt of criticism for failing to breakdown their opponents, but rather on de Gea for failing to hit the spectacular heights United supporters have become accustomed to in recent years.
If he has any sense, he’ll stay off Twitter for a few days:
If rain is falling and you call De Gea's name three times, your roof will start leaking.#ESPRUS
— Mr Josh (@sire_liljosh) July 1, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo emptied all the self esteem De Gea had left in him
— Soldier↪ (@PatohShanqueels) July 1, 2018
This World Cup showed me that De Gea is overrated 💯
— Solomon West (@king23solomon) July 1, 2018
De Gea is Overrated
— Brazil🇧🇷 Belgium🇧🇪 France🇫🇷 (@naanaliscious) July 1, 2018
— WWE (@WWE_NEWS_NBC) July 1, 2018
Fuck David De Gea
— fuck all players (@FuckAllPlayers_) July 1, 2018
Don’t think De Gea will touch Casillas level of greatness in his career tbh
— Imtiäz (@ICimmi) July 1, 2018
David De Gea has been awful at this WC.
— Olivier Lansdowne (@lansdowne34) July 1, 2018
DE GEA ? SMH
— Albertha F. Meta (@ebhymeta) July 1, 2018
David De Gea at the World Cup… pic.twitter.com/gNlyraomTC
— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) July 1, 2018
De Gea finishes on the same amount of saves as Luis Suarez did in 2010
— Leeds United World (@james___lufc) July 1, 2018
— Marcus Origa (@riagaogalo) July 1, 2018
De gea's only stop at the WC pic.twitter.com/sdHLVq26CI
— ً (@KroosEdition) July 1, 2018
Who would've thought you would need these two to get the best out of de gea loooooooool pic.twitter.com/a07SZZuQIU
— PlayoffSZN (@Juanderooney) July 1, 2018
Was de Gea really that bad? Does he deserve any more stick than the rest of his team-mates?
What do you think?