Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come to David De Gea’s defence following the goalkeeper’s mistake against Arsenal.
The 27-year-old inexplicably failed to save a long-range Granit Xhaka effort – one which a shot-stopper of his calibre should have dealt with quite easily.
The howler gave the Gunners a 1-0 lead early in the game. Later in the second half, a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, which De Gea also failed to save, ended up sealing the win for the London outfit.
The Spaniard attracted some criticism from fans and pundits alike for his mistake, with former Red Devil Gary Neville claiming that his uncertain future at Manchester United may have distracted De Gea during the huge Premier League clash.
However, interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quick to come to his custodian’s rescue in his post-match interview. The Norwegian refused to blame De Gea, instead shifting the focus onto the team’s poor start to the game.
“David is disappointed every time he concedes a goal,” Ole stated (via Goal). “The ball moves so strangely and it looks like it goes to David’s left and it changed direction, but in the first 15, 20 minutes we were too slow and never put them under pressure.”
Solskjaer was content with his side’s overall performance in the end, however, as he added: “We started slowly, maybe a backlash from Wednesday night, but we created chances and when they get the first goal it becomes a different game.
“We created so many more chances today than when we beat them in the FA Cup. Sometimes it happens, we hit the woodwork twice and had five very big chances ourselves. The referee will be disappointed when he sees it (penalty decision), as I don’t think it is a penalty.
“We just had to go for it towards the end, but we were not really at it and it is one of those days where you have to dust yourselves down from. We have Wolves in the cup quarter-finals and it’s a big game to look forward to.”