Manchester United boss Solskjaer defends de Gea after costly error in Chelsea draw

first_img Reuters ManchesterApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 10:42 IST Premier League: David de Gea has received the backing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDe Gea’s error helped Chelsea equalise vs Manchester United on SundayI don’t have any worries about him, because he’s a strong character: SolskjaerManchester United stay 6th with 65 points, 3 less than 4th-placed ChelseaManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says David de Gea has the strength of character to rebound from a slew of mistakes in recent weeks and has no intention of dropping the goalkeeper for the final two games of the season.The Spaniard’s latest error came in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea. United had gone ahead through Juan Mata but Chelsea equalised when De Gea weakly parried Antonio Rudiger’s effort into the path of Marcos Alonso, who tucked the ball in.De Gea has made a number of uncharacteristic mistakes in recent games but Solskjaer says the goalkeeper cannot take the blame for the team’s struggles.”I don’t have any worries about him, because he’s a strong character,” Solskjaer told British media. “He knows he could have had that shot, but that’s football.”The result leaves United sixth in the league on 65 points and dented their hopes of securing a top-four finish. They sit three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with two games left.”With David, he’s been in the spotlight for right reasons for so long and now he’s going through a period where he feels he could have done better,” Solskjaer added.”But there’s no chance any of us will point fingers because he’s saved us so many times. I’ll speak to David, as I’ve done when he’s played well… he’s not the reason we’re sixth.”United’s last two games of the season are against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City.Also Read | Sergio Aguero strikes as nervous Manchester City hold firm for win at BurnleyAlso Read | Arsenal’s top-four hopes hit after 3-0 defeat to Leicester CityAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Manchester UnitedFollow Ole Gunnar SolskjaerFollow David de GeaFollow ChelseaFollow Premier leagueFollow Juan Mata Next Manchester United boss Solskjaer defends de Gea after costly error in Chelsea drawDavid de Gea has made a number of uncharacteristic mistakes in recent games but Solskjaer says the goalkeeper cannot take the blame for Manchester United’s struggles.advertisementlast_img read more