Sean Van Staden
Columnist
4 minute read
30 May 2021
7:00 am

Learning from the De Gea penalty miss: How to bounce back

Sean Van Staden

Often in the world of sport it might seem like there is no coming back, but one thing professionals are taught, is how to deal with failure.

David De Gea of Manchester United walks past the Europa League trophy this week after his side lost to Villarreal on penalties. Picture: Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Imagine being in David de Gea’s shoes right now, unless you are perhaps not aware of what happened this week. Manchester United played in the Europa League final against Villarreal this week and the United shot-stopper missed a crucial penalty taken by the last players on the pitch - the goalkeepers - late on in a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner. The way De Gea took the penalty has left doubt in the minds of fans and commentators as to whether it was a lack of commitment or perhaps some hidden agenda. It also doesn’t look good that De...