The Red Devils narrowly missed out on the European title in Poland after a marathon penalty shoot-out
Football enthusiasts across Africa have refused to blame David de Gea for Manchester United’s Uefa Europa League final defeat to Villarreal on Wednesday.
After settling for a 1-1 draw at the end of extra-time, the Spain goalkeeper stepped up to play United’s 11th penalty kick at PGE Arena Gdansk but his effort was parried away by Geronimo Rulli.
The missed chance cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side the Europa League trophy as Villarreal claimed their first major European title.
With De Gea acquitted, a section of fans on the continent are pointing fingers at Marcus Rashford and Solskjaer for the loss because of the forward’s missed chances and the coach’s selection dilemma.
— Femi Femo (@FemiFemo12) May 26, 2021
— Abiola Mofoluwake (@LURDmourphy) May 26, 2021
De Gea, trying to place the penalty: pic.twitter.com/0yz7zSwuVJ
— Temisan Okomi (@temiokomi) May 26, 2021
I so much loved De Gea when he was playing well. I hailed him. I dislike him for the damage he has caused over the last few years. He’s no longer the Keeper he was. He wasn’t at fault today. He didn’t cost us that game, Rashford did and fingers shld be pointed at him, not De Gea
— Lawyer Awon ”Hoodlums” (@Ridwanullahii) May 26, 2021
When you close your eyes to sleep tonight, you will remember all Rashford had to do was tap in and start crying all over again 😭😭😭 #munvil
— Surulere Brand Strategist 💰 (@29lucidthoughts) May 26, 2021
— Man United in Pidgin (@ManUtdInPidgin) May 26, 2021
— 👑MTG🤍 (@michiethegreat_) May 26, 2021
— Ire_Yimika🌹 (@Yizbae) May 26, 2021
— Chima (@NjokuChima19) May 26, 2021
No one should blame David De Gea because a certain player had the chance to kill the game for united a long time ago but couldn’t convert #UELfinal
— Grande LUPO CATTIVO (@realDonNOEL) May 26, 2021
— MAN LIKE ZEEZ 🍀 (@LikeZeez) May 26, 2021
— Jide Akinlade (@michelldino) May 26, 2021
To my point of view, two persons cost us the match. The coach and Rashford.
You shouldn’t blame de gea for any thing that befall us.. What do you expect when we have many clear chances but what happen?
— Ayoola Adewale Adeleye (@AyoolaAdewaleA) May 26, 2021
De Gea Agenda finally don set!!! 😂.
— Alhaji Founder! (@IamReminisce) May 26, 2021
Nigeria have won another trophy again. God of Iheanacho and Chukwueze can never sleep #UELfinal
— Kashmoney2020 (@Kashmoney20201) May 26, 2021
Manchester United fans ::: we will win the Europa league
David De gea; pic.twitter.com/hnbYwnUt93
— omo iya eleja 🦈 (@FRANKOVIC7) May 26, 2021
— Samuel Mbah ◽ (@mbahdeyy4u) May 26, 2021
You had Amad, Mata, Dan James and none of them was worthy enough to replace a misfiring Rashford. It shows he doesn’t trust his bench #OleOut
— Mayowa olagunju ❁ (@iam_doctormayor) May 26, 2021
Rashford was the worst actually. And Ole is a coward.
— Maitee© (@classico90) May 26, 2021
Rashford played 120minutes despite playing horrible all game…..
Greenwood was sub for Fred despite being in the game….
Van deek can’t get a game despite Pogba, Bruno not being in the game…
Ole is the best thing to happen to United dey said.
— Olalekan Yusuf (@Salaudeenolal15) May 26, 2021