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Solskjaer Defends De Gea, After Watford Loss

Manchester United’s Norwegian supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures on the touchline in the course of the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on December 22, 2019.
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Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got here to the defence of David De Gea after the goalkeeper’s blunder proved pivotal in a 2-0 loss away to Premier League backside aspect Watford on Sunday.

The Vicarage Road conflict was nonetheless goalless when De Gea in some way allowed a tame, spinning effort from Ismaila Sarr to creep by his arms and in on the close to submit.

Watford doubled their lead 4 minutes later when Troy Deeney fired residence from the penalty spot after Aaron Wan-Bissaka introduced down Sarr with a misjudged sliding deal with and never even the returning Paul Pogba, on as a second-half substitute, might forestall defeat.

But what irked Solskjaer greater than De Gea’s mistake was the tempo of United’s play.

“We started the game slow,” Solskjaer instructed Sky Sports.

“The first half was very, very poor from both sides and when you concede two goals like we did in quick succession with their two shots on target we gave ourselves too much to do.

“It was too slow, it was like a testimonial in the first half from both teams,” he added after a defeat that left United in eighth place and continued their run of poor outcomes in opposition to lower-ranked groups within the high flight — a marked distinction to their latest wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

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United’s 5 league losses this time period have come in opposition to Crystal Palace, West Ham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and now Watford.

‘Mistakes Happen’

As for Spain worldwide De Gea’s howler, Solskjaer mentioned: “It was a mistake, it happens in football and it is what we train for every day to make sure they don’t happen again. David has been very good lately, it is just one of those things that happen.

“You have to earn every point on the pitch and today we didn’t deserve that.

This was just Watford’s second league win this season and first of the campaign at home as they marked new manager Nigel Pearson’s first match in charge at Vicarage Road in style.

Although the Hornets remain at the foot of the table, they are now level on points with second-bottom Norwich and a mere six shy of safety.

Victory followed an impressive display in a defeat last time out at leaders Liverpool and Deeney said: “We’ve been close (to winning) for ages now.

“People are looking and see us at the bottom of the league but performances like Liverpool, Leicester before that, there are games we’re thinking we should have won.”

“It was a great team performance, lots of people did a proper shift and I’m happy for everyone here that they can have a decent Christmas.”

Deeney’s objective was his first since April however the striker insisted he had not felt underneath stress to attain.

“Real pressure is watching my mum work three jobs trying to make ends meet for Christmas,” he mentioned.

“This is football.”

AFP

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