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Manchester United supporters give a similar verdict after David de Gea penalty slip in the Europa League final.

Manchester United supporters give a similar verdict after David de Gea penalty slip in the Europa League final.

Manchester United supporters give a similar verdict after David de Gea penalty slip in the Europa League final.

Some Manchester United supporters hold the club would have won the Europa League final had Dean Henderson engaged in the penalty shoot-out rather than David de Gea.

United wasted the opportunity to win their first trophy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after they lost heartbreakingly in Gdansk to Villarreal.

Gerard Moreno put the Spanish side on the lead in the first half before Edinson Cavani pulled United equalizer, but they were the few moments of drama in an otherwise lukewarm 120 minutes of football and the game went to penalties after finishing 1-1.

The consequent shoot-out was much more interesting as 21 out of 21 spot-kicks were scored, suggesting it was left to De Gea to take one himself with it all on the line.

Sadly, the goalkeeper’s shot was weak and comfortably saved by his opposing number, Geronimo Rulli, suggesting United’s four-year wait for a trophy goes on.

As penalties approached towards the end of extra time, some fans recommended that Henderson should substitute De Gea for the shoot-out.

De Gea is poor at saving penalties – disappointing to save any of the last 21 he has encountered outside of shoot-outs dating back to 2016 – whereas Henderson has saved eight in that time.

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United supporters believe Henderson would have got his hands to at least one of Villarreal’s spot-kicks and could have got his own, if only he was within the sticks.

After the match, Rio Ferdinand revealed what went wrong on the night.

“Manchester United have relied on individuals throughout the season to come up with the trump cards, in critical moments in the games,” he told BT Sport.

“Bruno has been the man they’ve leaned on, Cavani, Mason sometimes, Marcus, but today they never came up with the goods. In the final third, they didn’t take enough chances, they didn’t risk enough, the imagination wasn’t there, the creativity today.

“It’s not been too many occasions where you can say that, that one of them hasn’t stepped up and produced. They had a spell after Cavani scored and you thought they had the momentum and were going to go on and take the game by the scruff of the neck, but they didn’t.”

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Manchester United supporters give a similar verdict after David de Gea penalty slip in the Europa League final.

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