SUTTON: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have called in Dean Henderson for Europa League final penalties

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CHRIS SUTTON: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a mistake … Manchester United boss should have used Dean Henderson – who has a MUCH better penalty record – for the shootout

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may regret his decision not to make a goalkeeper change
  • The Manchester United boss should have called in Dean Henderson for a shootout
  • The Englishman’s record of saving from penalties is much better than David De Gea’s stats
  • It may have hurt De Gea’s feelings, but it could have won United the trophy

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer missed a trick here. Dean Henderson’s record of saving from penalty kicks is ridiculously better than David De Gea’s.

But while Villarreal buried all their spot kicks outside of De Gea during Wednesday night’s shootout, Henderson watched from the sidelines.

Louis van Gaal replaced Holland goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul in the 120th minute of their 2014 World Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica. That worked out quite well.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer missed a shot to keep David De Gea on the penalty spot

Louis van Gaal was rewarded for his brave appeal when he brought Tim Krul into the World Cup

Louis van Gaal was rewarded for his brave appeal when he brought Tim Krul into the World Cup

Solskjaer could have copied Van Gaal. It might have hurt De Gea’s feelings, but it would have been in the best interests of the team. Unfortunately, the Manchester United players left with second place medals around their necks.

CRIMINAL RECORDS:

IN ALL COMPS SINCE BEGINNING 2017-18 (excluding shootouts):

  • David De Gea conceded 16 penalties and conceded all 16
  • Dean Henderson gave up 15 penalties and only gave up 8

I feel like De Gea is missing the ultimate spot kick. He never expected it to happen to him. It takes balls to get to that spot.

I participated in a few penalty shootouts with Celtic. It’s been almost 20 years since Valencia knocked us out of the Europa League.

Poor Joos Valgaeren missed his first penalty kick, after which a restart was ordered because the goalkeeper was off his line. Valgaeren took it again and missed again. When he came back to the halfway line, he asked the referee if he could have a third chance!

I can look back and laugh now, but it wasn’t funny at all back then. Henrik Larsson and Stilian Petrov also missed theirs.

It’s about how you handle the pressure when that moment of truth comes. Unfortunately, De Gea was unable to make the necessary heroic saves and was unable to score when it was his turn.

No doubt Solskjaer will spend some time wondering if he could have played this differently, and what would have happened if he had.

The Manchester United manager will reflect on what could have happened if he had made a change

The Manchester United manager will reflect on what could have happened if he had made a change

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