Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists David de Gea will not be dropped despite latest error in Chelsea defeat
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will not drop David de Gea despite his latest blunder.
The Spain goalkeeper failed to keep out Mason Mount’s tame long-range shot in Manchester United’s 3-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.
It was De Gea’s eighth error leading to a goal since the start of last season.
There have been calls to replace him with Dean Henderson, who is starring on loan at Sheffield Untied, next term.
And Solskjaer, who dubbed De Gea the world’s best goalkeeper last month, will keep faith with his goalkeeper for the remaining two games of the campaign.
The Red Devils boss said: “I know David as a very mentally strong keeper and person.
“But, of course, he knows he should save that one, but that’s part of football. Other players make interferences or you do something in a game where you could have done better.
“He knows he could have done better there.”
Asked if De Gea would keep his starting place amid competition from No.2 stopper Sergio Romero, Solskjaer replied: “Of course he is.
“We’ve been unbeaten for 19 games and both Sergio and David have played really well in that run. We’ve kept loads of clean sheets.
“You can see David made a few saves today as well. On Thursday night against Palace, he made a couple of fantastic saves.
“So I see where you’re coming from, everyone is going to make a big, massive headline on this, that, the other and David.
“But, of course, he knows he could have saved that one.”
United were second best against a rampant Chelsea side who took a first-half stoppage time lead through Olivier Giroud.
De Gea gifted the Blues a second, before a 74th-minute Harry Maguire own goal sealed a first defeat in 20 games.
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Solskjaer conceded his side ‘weren’t good enough’.
He said: “It was below par from us. Coming in to half-time at 0-0, it would have been a different scenario.
“The game in the first-half was as we expected, two teams that have played against each other a few times lately.
“Nothing really happened in the first-half, they got the goal after a long break and lay-off [due to a head injury to Eric Bailly].
“We lost our concentration after a split second and second-half we were chasing it, but we weren’t good enough.”
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