Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally breaks silence on his goalkeeper decision in UEL final vs Villarreal last season that saw David de Gea failing to save a single penalty shootout out of 11 before then missing his final kick to gift Villarreal the title.
Speaking about the Europa League final penalty shootout loss to Villarreal last season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Dagbladet: “We had a lot of scenarios on our minds. We put [Alex] Telles and [Juan] Mata on the pitch, and they scored their penalties
“We substituted off two players who were not physically prepared to take a penalty. That [subbing Henderson on against Villarreal] could have been a stroke of genius.”
“You just have to learn from this, and consider that you made the decisions you did for all the right reasons, and unfortunately it didn’t go the way you had planned.”
David de Gea was trusted to get the job done in the shootout, which came back to haunt Solskjaer as the goalkeeper was unable to save a single penalty and missed his own to ensure Villarreal’s win.