Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted David De Gea’s place shouldn’t be assured after the goalkeeper endured one other error-strewn show in Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea. Chelsea will face London rivals Arsenal in the final on August 1 because of a pair of embarrassing blunders from De Gea in United’s 3-1 loss at Wembley on Sunday. The Spaniard’s nightmare season hit a brand new low as he was at fault when Olivier Giroud’s shot trickled over the road late within the first half. And De Gea made an excellent worse mistake moments after the interval when he allowed Mason Mount’s shot to evade his weak tried save.
Harry Maguire’s personal purpose was additionally partly all the way down to De Gea’s sluggish reactions as United misplaced for the primary time in 20 video games in all competitions regardless of Bruno Fernandes’ late penalty.
“He knows he should save that 100 times out of 100 but that’s football for you,” Solskjaer mentioned.
“I can’t speak for David De Gea’s confidence but he is mentally very strong. I made the decision to play him and mentally he was ready for it.”
Asked if De Gea would get replaced by Sergio Romero when United return to motion towards West Ham in Wednesday’s crucial Premier League clash, Solskjaer wouldn’t rule out dropping his star.
“Obviously, everyone has to perform. Everyone has a chance every time we perform to stake a claim in the team,” he mentioned.
“David knows he should have saved the second goal, but that’s done now and we have to look forward to Wednesday.
“It’s exhausting for a keeper to make amends. David confirmed his character in the remainder of the sport with a couple of good saves.”
De Gea’s future at United is sure to be scrutinised given the fine form of the club’s on-loan keeper Dean Henderson during his spell at Sheffield United this season.
Solskjaer has already labelled Henderson a future England number one and it would be no surprise if he is back at Old Trafford to challenge De Gea for the keeper’s jersey next season.
While the spotlight was on De Gea, Chelsea were by far the better team as they reached the FA Cup final for the first time since they last lifted the trophy in 2018.
United had beaten Chelsea three times this season, but Lampard had the last laugh.
“To win a semi is a good factor, however to win a ultimate is the factor,” Lampard said.
“We do not need to get too far forward of ourselves however we are able to actually benefit from the efficiency and the consequence.
“It is obviously right up there because of the size of the game and quality of the opponent.”
Comedy of errors
United, who began with Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial on the bench, seemed out of sync after switching to a again three formation and Solskjaer mentioned: “You always question your decisions.
“Chelsea had an additional 48 hours relaxation, that is only a reality but it surely’s no excuse.
“We lost concentration and that was disappointing. We were a little too late in some situations and the second goal was very avoidable.”
Chelsea took the lead deep into first half stoppage-time with Giroud’s fourth purpose in his final 5 video games.
Anticipating Azpilicueta’s low cross completely, Giroud made an astute run in entrance of Victor Lindelof and flicked his close-range shot previous the sluggish to react De Gea with the skin of his foot.
If that was unhealthy from De Gea, there was even worse to return one minute after half-time.
It was a comedy of errors from United as Brandon Williams gifted possession to Mount in midfield.
Advancing unchecked by United’s back-pedalling defence, Mount hit a long-range drive that lacked energy and may have been saved by De Gea, however as a substitute it squirmed by his grasp into the online.
Chelsea put the consequence past doubt within the 74th minute when Mount discovered Marcos Alonso and Maguire turned the Spaniard’s cross into his personal web beneath stress from Antonio Rudiger.
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