Paul Scholes says Man Utd keeper De Gea "didn’t look like saving" any penalties

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Paul Scholes believes Manchester United keeper David De Gea 'didn't look like saving a penalty' in the Europa League final.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were defeated by Villarreal 11-10 on penalties in Gdansk, with De Gea missing from 12 yards to confirm victory for the Spanish opponents.

All outfield players had converted their spot-kicks, piling the pressure on both goalkeepers to convert under pressure.

Villarreal's Geronimo Rulli made no mistake with his effort, though the same could not be said for De Gea's weak strike.

The Spaniard also failed to keep out any of the ten penalties, something Scholes was not surprised by.

De Gea has not saved any of the previous 21 spot-kicks he has faced (excluding shootouts), dating back to 2016.

"Once you get to penalties, anything can happen, we know that. I always feel a little bit worried, being an Englishman, that we're going to be on the wrong side of it," the former United midfielder told BT Sport.

"But I have to say, David – we spoke about his record before it – he didn't look like saving a penalty. They got a little bit lucky with Luke Shaw's penalty as well.

"It's a difficult night to take, but give Villarreal credit."

De Gea was not the only one to come under criticism in Gdansk, however.

Solskjaer waited until the 100th minute of the match to make his first substitution, by which point Unai Emery had already made his maximum of five changes allowed in regular time.

The Red Devils' boss later introduced Axel Tuanzebe, Daniel James, Alex Telles and Juan Mata in the remaining minutes of extra-time.

All five of Solskjaer's substitutes converted their penalties, but it was still not enough to come out on top as Villarreal claimed their first Europa League title.

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  • David de Gea
  • Europa League
  • Manchester United FC
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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