‘Inconsolable’ David de Gea apologised to Manchester United teammates for Barcelona howler
The Spaniard had a game to forget on Tuesday night at Camp Nou, letting a tame effort from Lionel Messi squirm through his grasp and into the back of the net.
United had started the match well, with Marcus Rashford rattling the crossbar, but two goals from Messi in the space of four minutes gave the visitors a virtually impossible mountain to climb.
According to The Sun, De Gea was furious with himself for the costly error and apologised to the rest of the team in the dressing room after the game.
The Spaniard even claimed that he felt the side could have won the tie had he not made the mistake, with the side having needed just two goals to go through at that point.
Although none of his teammates blamed De Gea for the mistake – and he is certainly in credit after saving United countless times – he nevertheless blames himself for the loss.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sympathetic afterwards, saying: ‘That’s unfortunate with goalkeepers. When you make an error it can get highlighted and that’ll be remembered tonight.
‘But he made some fantastic saves as well, which all in all, his contribution to the team is good but sometimes that happens in football.
‘You know when you get to this level you cannot slip up and you cannot make mistakes and you’ve got to take the chances you get yourself. And we didn’t capitalise on our great chance, but then they have their first two shots on target, that’s two goals and game over.’