David de Gea was in defiant spirits following his error that led to Joe Allen’s equaliser during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke in the Premier League.
The Spaniard, a bystander for most of the game, fumbled a relatively routine shot from Glen Johnson after 82 minutes, allowing Allen to smash home from close range.
It was an uncharacteristic mistake from De Gea, a normally reliable shot-stopper, and it cost Jose Mourinho’s side an important two points.
The 25-year-old took to Twitter after the game to deliver a message of resilience to Man United fans.
Upsetting result, the victory was so close but escaped in the last minutes. We deserved more. To keep working! #MUFC
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) October 2, 2016
A second’s lapse in concentration was the difference between ‘a convincing performance’ and a ‘substandard display’ against Mark Hughes’ side. This is, whether you like it or not, the way United – and indeed all big teams – are judged in the modern football climate.
De Gea’s mistake – a miserable lack of assurance, followed by a painful inability to salvage the situation – will overshadow what was an overwhelmingly one-sided contest. United delivered the same brutal level of early domination shown against Leicester City, only to fall short in the area that matters most: finishing chances.
One can blame De Gea, of course. And yet, United fans will agree that the home side should have been several goals to the good by the time Allen took advantage of a rare error from the Spaniard.