What Mourinho Said About De Gea’s Howler Against Portugal

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho with David De Gea and Marcos Rojo at the end of the match.

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Jose Mourinho sympathised with David de Gea post Spain’s 3-3 draw against Portugal in the FIFA World Cup 2018.

The Manchester United goalkeeper was at fault for the second goal his side conceded from Cristiano Ronaldo’s venomous long-range effort.

Spain led the match 3-2 at one stage, before Ronaldo equalised with a stunning free-kick in the closing stages. But it was Ronaldo’s second goal which saw the goalkeeper commit a howler, as the ball somehow slipped past the Spaniard’s hands.

De Gea’s club manager, Jose Mourinho, was quick to defend the 27-year-old, and said that it was a bad mistake, but it sometime happens to the best players.

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“It’s my boy. It hurts me to say it, but he knows. He knows it’s a bad mistake. It’s a mistake that he doesn’t make with us, with United. He was our Player of the Season, fantastic performances. But that happens to the best,” claimed Jose, who is working as a pundit for RT.

The Portuguese was hopeful for the goalkeeper, however,  and claimed that the custodian will turn up for the next match and not be afraid.


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“The good thing with the best is that in the next match he’ll be there, not afraid. Confident to go and ready to help the team. It is a goal with David’s face,” Jose added.

De Gea was adjudged Manchester United‘s Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season after another series of fantastic performances.

In fact, the Red Devils are currently working on a deal to have the Spaniard commit to the club for many years to come.