Solskjaer defends De Gea: ‘He knows he should have saved that’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended David de Gea after the Spanish goalkeeper made two huge errors in Manchester United’s 3-1 loss to Chelsea in the semi-final of the FA Cup. The Norwegian boss insists he still has faith in De Gea but admits the goalkeeper should have done better at Wembley.

The 29-year-old goalkeeper played a negative part in all three Chelsea goals with his biggest error on a 25 yard shot by Mason Mount shortly after the break. “Obviously everyone has to perform and everyone has a chance every game to stake a place in the team. David knows he should have saved the second goal but that’s done now, we have to move on and look forward to Wednesday,” Solskjaer said.

“It’s hard for a keeper to make amends. So much easier for outfield players. David showed in the rest of the game, he made a few good saves, but he knows he could have saved that one.” Olivier Giroud opened the score for Chelsea just before half-time. Then Mount doubled Chelsea’s lead before Harry Maguire fumbled a ball into his own net. Bruno Fernandes finished the score at 3-1 by converting a penalty.