TIM Krul admits that the life of a goalkeeper can be a frustrating one – especially when your outfield comrades are struggling for form.
United have endured problems at both ends of the pitch in recent matches, none more so than during Monday’s 2-1 defeat at Fulham.
In a game the visitors dominated for the large part, a pair of soft concessions and a failure to take chances saw them leave West London empty handed.
It was a different story last season for Krul, the Dutchman enjoying the view as his team-mates took the Premier League by storm.
And, ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Manchester City, the Dutchman joked: “I can’t score unfortunately.
“Sometimes I’m on the halfway line wanting to go forward, but my job is to keep the balls out of the net.
“Everything was flying in last year, and it was good for me to watch.
“But we’re going through a rough patch at the moment.”
And, of that game at Craven Cottage, he went on: “I think we played well on Monday and were unlucky – we just have to stop giving silly goals away.
“We had some great chances and we can take positives out of that game – we should not worry because we are creating.
“But we walked away with nothing, and that’s frustrating.”
Krul believes tomorrow’s opponents are also under pressure given their recent slide.
With that in mind, the Toon No1 hopes the home crowd turn up the noise on the champions.
“This is a massive game for us,” he said, “Hopefully we’ll have the fans behind us and we have to make sure every one of us is up for it.
“Man City are under a bit of pressure, and our fans can help to put even more on them.
“But we have to give them something to cheer about first of all.
“We have to try to put them on the back foot early on.
“If we do that and get that first goal, then I think we can get the three points we want so badly.”