Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C
Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport Manchester United's keeper David de Gea stands dejected after his mistake for the second goal.
David De Gea will be fine after crucial error, says Fletcher
The United keeper slipped a shot into the net late on against Sunderland last night.

DARREN FLETCHER HAS backed David De Gea to bounce back from his League Cup semi-final howler against Sunderland.

United looked set to progress to a Wembley final on away goals as the final whistle loomed in Wednesday’s second leg against Sunderland at Old Trafford.

However, De Gea then allowed a tame shot from Phil Bardsley to slip out of his grasp and over the line, allowing Gus Poyet’s men to move ahead on aggregate with one minute of extra-time remaining.

Although Javier Hernandez responded almost immediately to send the tie to penalties, United were ultimately beaten after scoring just one out of five from the spot, with two penalty saves from De Gea proving to be immaterial.

The result saw United’s dismal run in 2014 continue but Fletcher is confident De Gea, one of the club’s better performers this season, has the character to respond.

“David has been fantastic,” Fletcher told MUTV. “In the last 18 months I don’t think there has been a better goalkeeper around. He really has been fantastic. He’s been a shining light, one of the big positives of this season.

Exclusive Six
Nations Analysis

Get Murray Kinsella’s exclusive analysis of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign this spring

Become a Member

“He’s disappointed, as everyone is, but he will be fine and he will show what a top goalkeeper he is.

“He redeemed himself in the penalty shoot-out with two saves and we should have done better with our execution of the penalties.

“All goalkeepers make mistakes and it’s just unfortunate for David that it’s happened to him tonight (Wednesday). But he will be OK.”

Ireland to learn fate as Euro 2016 qualifying format set to be revealed

Moyes keeps mum over Mata reports after humbling Cup exit

Your Voice
Readers Comments