Paul Scholes has criticised David De Gea following his poor performance in Manchester United’s penalty shootout defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final. United and Villarreal played out a 1-1 draw in Gdansk and after an uneventful 30 minutes of extra time the game went to penalties. Every outfield United player found the net with their spot kick before Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli put the Spanish side in front. De Gea then stepped up but his effort was comfortably saved. De Gea has not saved a penalty for United since April 2016 and looked unconvincing once again during the shootout against Villarreal.
‘I always feel a little bit worried being an Englishman that we’d be on the wrong side of it. ‘But the penalties, you have to say… David… we spoke about his record before it, he didn’t look like saving a penalty. ‘They [United] got a little bit lucky with Luke Shaw’s penalty as well.’ Rio Ferdinand added: ‘If you’re going to be brutally honest, Man United were not good enough on the night. ‘Villarreal were more comfortable doing it like that, they’d have been happy getting to penalties like that.’
Scholes then replied: ‘That’s what underdogs do, they don’t make it easy, nothing’s really expected of them. It can be easy, sit on the edge of your box and defend. ‘But United again, with the quality they’ve got, finishing second in the Premier League, the quality they have up front, but they [Villarreal] just stopped it, defensively they were brilliant. [Unai] Emery got it right.’