Jose Mourinho has spoken about David de Gea’s error at the 2018 FIFA World Cup during Spain’s thrilling 3-3 draw against European rivals Portugal, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo bag a hat-trick.
De Gea’s World Cup debut didn’t quite go to plan as the Spain goalkeeper let in three goals in the compelling Group B clash, including a very dodgy fumble for the second.
There was little the shot-stopper could have done to keep out Ronaldo’s penalty or stunning late free-kick, but he was at fault for Portugal’s middle goal, as he surprisingly let Ronaldo’s speculative shot on goal squirm under him and into the back of the net.
However, De Gea’s manager at club level, Mourinho, has leapt to the defence of his keeper, who committed his future to Manchester United after agreeing a new five-year deal.
Speaking to Russia Today, Mourinho said: “De Gea is my boy. It hurts me to say it but he knows it was a bad mistake. It’s a mistake he doesn’t make with us at Manchester United because he was named player of the season for fantastic performances.
“But that happens to the best. The good thing with the best is that in the next match he will be there – not afraid, confident to go & ready to help his team.”
Meanwhile, a defiant De Gea said this after the game: “I like that there are criticisms.
“Diego Costa has also been criticised and he scored two goals. I haven’t killed anyone, either. I’m happy with the national team.”