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De Gea gets Solskjaer backing

11th March 2019, 03:49 by Michael Holland

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says David de Gea was not to blame following Manchester United's defeat 2-0 at Arsenal.

In the 12th minute De Gea was caught out horribly by a swerving shot from Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka which wrong-footed the Spaniard before hitting the back of the net.

United hit the woodwork twice but midway through the second half referee Jon Moss awarded a penalty to the home side after Alexandre Lacazette went down under minimal pressure from midfielder Fred.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had missed a last-gasp spot-kick at Spurs last week, confidently tucked away the chance from 12 yards to double Arsenal's advantage.

Even Gunners boss Unai Emery admitted the decision was "soft", and Solskjaer said: "I don't think it's a penalty but that's a decision he's made. I don't think there's enough contact there to warrant a penalty.

"It's not a dive, but apparently Fred is very, very strong!

"I don't class it as a mistake by De Gea. I was stood right behind the ball and we don't put enough pressure on Xhaka, who must be Brazilian by the way because he struck the ball and it swerves and moves.

"It goes to David's left and changes direction completely. It's one of those things."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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