Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has shown sympathy towards David de Gea following his error in Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal on Friday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth-minute penalty was cancelled out by Diego Costa’s strike, but the Spanish shot-stopper gifted Portugal the lead just before half-time by spilling a straight shot from Ronaldo into the goal.
De Gea’s club boss offered his support by explaining it can happen ‘to the best’ and backed him to recover in time for the next game.
It’s my boy, it hurts me to say but he knows it’s a bad mistake,’ Mourinho told Russia Today.
‘It’s a mistake he doesn’t make with us, United – player of the season, fantastic performances. But that happens to the best.
‘The good thing with the best is that in the next match he will be there – not afraid, confident to go & ready to help his team. It is a goal with David’s face.’
Spain drew level through Costa and then took the lead courtesy of a sensational strike by Nacho.
But with just two minutes remaining, Ronaldo stepped up to take a free-kick and netted his 51st hat-trick with a brilliant strike.
‘There are players for some matches, there are players for every match & there are players for special matches. And the players for special matches are the ones,’ Mourinho said.