Louis van Gaal refuses to dwell on ‘rare error’ by David de Gea in Bournemouth defeat

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has insisted he’ll be spending no time dwelling on the error David De Gea made that led to Bournemouth’s first goal in the clash between the two sides on Saturday.

The Spaniard failed to deal with an in-swinging corner in the opening minutes of the game, which ended up sailing over his head and into the goal.

It was the worst possible opening for a makeshift back line and, despite a good Man United recovery in the first half, it set the tone for an ignominious evening as van Gaal’s side lost 2-1. However, the Dutchman revealed that he refused to acknowledge the error in the dressing room at half-time.

“At half-time I spoke about how we had to do it in the second half,” he said.

“I don’t talk about the past. I don’t think it is of any benefit for me and the players. A rare error.”

Bournemouth’s opener was, in the context of Man United’s current predicament, totally fitting given its brutally unfortunate and highly embarrassing nature. It was a terrible setback for a youthful back-line that needed a positive start in order to settle into the game.

Van Gaal, amidst his growing number of faults, is right to pay little attention to the error. After all, every goalkeeper is prone to making a howler from time to time. And De Gea recovered brilliantly, expertly taking the ball off the feet of Junior Stanislas not long after.

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