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Sir Alex Ferguson Waited For David De Gea Outside The Tunnel After Europa League Final Penalty Miss

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Sir Alex Ferguson Waited For David De Gea Outside The Tunnel After Europa League Final Penalty Miss

21 consecutive penalties were converted in a remarkable penalty shoot-out in Gdansk but De Gea saw his effort saved by Geronimo Rulli, who had just done the business from 12 yards moments prior.

It gave Villarreal a first trophy in their entire history and extended United's run without silverware to four seasons.

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De Gea's disappointment was evident as he, like many of his teammates, removed their runners up medals from their necks.

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But as he headed towards the tunnel and back to the dressing room, he was greeted by Ferguson, the man who brought him to Old Trafford as a 20-year-old back in 2011.

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The legendary United boss flew over to Gdansk to support the team and was also on the podium for Villarreal's trophy presentation.

But afterwards he also made a point of consoling De Gea, with the two sharing an embrace and walking down the tunnel side-by-side according to The Athletic.

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The gesture will no doubt have been highly appreciated by De Gea, who was understandably gutted.

Although he had key information on Villarreal's takers and their favourite spots on a "cheat sheet" inside his towel, the Spaniard failed to save a single penalty - stretching his wretched run to 40 spot-kicks for club and country.

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Substitute goalkeeper Dean Henderson, meanwhile has saved eight of 19 penalties he's faced in his career.

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he did consider bringing him on for the shoot-out, in scenes that would have been remiscient to Louis van Gaal bringing on penalty specialist Tim Krul against Costa Rica in 2014.

"You go through every scenario, of course, and it [bringing on Henderson] had crossed my mind in the build-up to the game, but we were confident in David and prepared," Solskjaer said after the defeat.

"Anything can happen in a penalty shootout, so I stuck with the keeper who had played all of the game."

Topics: David De Gea, Football, Europa League final, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, Villarreal

Josh Lawless
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