David de Gea breaks his silence after the last Europa League nightmare, while the Manchester United goalkeeper insists he ‘will fight and win again’ and thanks fans for support after a missed spot against Villarreal
David de Gea has broken his silence after his nightmare in the loss of Manchester United in the Europa League to Villarreal – saying he would ‘fight again and win’.
The United goalkeeper was unable to repel one of Villarreal’s eleven penalties in a marathon shootout, which locked the game at 1-1 after 120 minutes, then saw his crucial penalty kick saved.
Failing to find the net from 12 yards, Villarreal was awarded the trophy and De Gea knocked a deflated and dejected figure as he collected his second medal – which he promptly took away.
David de Gea has broken his silence after Manchester United’s loss to Villarreal
United stopper De Gea, who missed the crucial penalty, insisted he ‘fight again and win’
De Gea’s teammates were quick to rally around the 30-year-old, and the stopper himself has now cheerfully emerged, suggesting United would soon be competing again for silverware.
On social media De Gea wrote: ‘To fall and get up. Learn from the experience, fight again and win. @ManUtd thanks for your support. ‘
The post was accompanied by a moving photo of De Gea being comforted by legendary former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who traveled to Gdasnk with the club and participated in the medal ceremony.
De Gea’s post was accompanied by this moving photo of him next to Sir Alex Ferguson
United veteran De Gea was comforted by his teammates after United lost in Gdansk
While the fallout from United’s shocking defeat continues, De Gea has been found to go against instructions during the shootout, which may have helped him send the cup to Old Trafford.
De Gea has a dismal record of saving on penalties and has now admitted the last 40 he encountered in regular time and shootouts for both United and Spain.
The last time the goalkeeper stopped a penalty was against Everton in the 2016 FA Cup semi-finals, more than five years ago. Dean Henderson, his rival for the number 1 jersey, has a significantly better track record.
Before the shootout in Poland, De Gea received a note from coaches Richard Hartis and Craig Mawson who gave him an indication of where each of the Villarreal takers should direct their efforts.
Because the penalty shootout suddenly came to an end for the two goalkeepers, De Gea left
But Villarreal’s Geronimo Rulli got it right and kept the penalty to take the trophy
However, De Gea ignored advice about Moi Gomez, the sixth man to act, and instead plunged to the left. The penalty kick was rolled through the center of the goal.
On two other occasions, De Gea also chose to throw the note away – and after a sudden death dramatically circled to the two goalkeepers, it was the United man who didn’t convert.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted after the game that he had considered letting De Gea go for Henderson, though United instead brought in Juan Mata and Alex Telles, two renowned spot kick experts.
“You go through every scenario, of course,” Solskjaer said. And it had occurred to me leading up to the game, but we had faith in David and were prepared.
It has been found that De Gea was against the advice given to him about each of Villarreal’s takers
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he was considering replacing De Gea with Dean Henderson
‘Anything can happen during a penalty shootout.
‘I stayed with the keeper who played the entire match.
‘I have to say the penalty shootout was of high quality, but we didn’t do enough in the 120 minutes to score more goals and that’s the disappointing part.
“ We were busy, we had times when we felt that if we can just kick a little bit now we can get a goal. But we just couldn’t. ‘