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Mata defends “unquestionable” De Gea – despite string of Man Utd errors

By Chris Smith

Published: 19:23, 28 April 2019

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has claimed David de Gea has the ‘100 per cent confidence’ of his teammates after his costly error against Chelsea.

Mata had given the Red Devils the lead after just 11 minutes on Sunday but saw it cancelled out as De Gea spilt Antonio Rudiger’s speculative shot, with Marcos Alonso reacting quickest to fire home the rebound.

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  1. After a number of poor performances, against the likes of Barcelona and Man City, De Gea made another big mistake against Chelsea.
  2. The Spaniard spilt Rudiger’s speculative shot into the path of Alonso, who scored.
  3. A number of fans and pundits are calling for Sergio Romero to replace De Gea in the starting XI.
  4. But Mata has offered the ‘100 per cent’ support of he and his United teammates.
  5. Sky pundit Graeme Souness has also urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to back his goalkeeper.

The score remained 1-1 with United’s top-four hopes now looking in tatters as Chelsea sit three points ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side with just two games to play.

But Mata was quick to back his compatriot after the game, telling Sky Sports: “David is unquestionable. His level has been fantastic. He has been the best player over the last years.

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“We all have good and bad moments over our careers. I have 100 per cent confidence in him – we all have.

“Tomorrow he will come back to training with the best attitude as always. His level for me is unquestionable.

“He has my full confidence – and the team and the manager and the fans.”

The costly mistake was De Gea’s fourth leading to a goal in the Premier League this season, with only Asmir Begovic and Bernd Leno (both five) making more.

Souness urges Solskjaer to stick by De Gea

After another high-profile error, calls for De Gea to be dropped for Sergio Romero – often lauded as the best back-up goalkeeper in the Premier League – are inevitably going to increase.

However, Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has urged Solskjaer to stick by his goalkeeper, claiming he will be ‘lost forever’ if he is relegated to the bench now.

“If you leave him out now, you’ll lose him forever,” he told the Sky Sports studio.

United travel to Huddersfield in their next game before ending the season at home to Cardiff City – two games fans will expect to win, to finish on a high.