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David De Gea sends message to Man United fans after Europa League final loss to Villarreal



David De Gea

Manchester United  goalkeeper, David De Gea has sent a message of gratitude to the Red Devils fans for their support following his team’s loss to Villarreal in the Europa League final.

United lost to the Unai Emery’s side on Penalty kicks, with the game haven, ended 1-1 after 120 minutes and De Gea missing from the penalty spot.

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The Spaniard was comforted by Sir Alex Ferguson during Villareal celebrations as he returned to the United locker room.

De Gea  was signed by Ferguson at the age of 20 in 2011 and the former United manager stood by him during his difficult opening spell at Old Trafford.

And in his message after the defeat, De Gea paid tribute to Ferguson and others who have supported him following his penalty miss.

‘To fall and rise. Learn from the experience, fight again and win. Manchester United thanks for your support,’ De Gea wrote on Instagram and accompanied the message with a picture of himself being hugged by Ferguson on Wednesday night.”

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De Gea has failed to save a penalty for United since 2016, failing to keep out the last 40 spot kicked he faced in all matches.

David De Gea and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

De Gea been consoled by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Photo by Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, admitted after the game that he had considered substituting De Gea for Dean Henderson ahead of the shootout due to the Spaniard’s poor record with saving penalties.

‘You go through every scenario, of course, and it [De Gea’s penalty record] had crossed my mind in the build-up to the game but we were confident in David and prepared,’ said Solskjaer.

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‘Anything can happen in a penalty shootout. I stuck with the keeper who played all of the game.

‘I’ve got to say the penalty shootout was high quality, but we didn’t do enough in the 120 minutes to score more goals and that’s the disappointing bit.

‘We had pressure, we had moments where we felt if we can just kick on a little bit now we can get a goal. But we just couldn’t.’