David De Gea lived on Wednesday one of the worst nights of his football career. Manchester United lost the Europa League final to Villarreal and all eyes were on him as the title was decided, after 1-1 at the end of extra time, in an endless round of 22 penalties in which the goalkeeper Madrid did not stop any and was the only player who failed his. Gerónimo Rulli guessed his intention and raised the Castellón club to glory.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United manager, admitted after the final that he considered replacing De Gea before the penalty shoot-out. Surely when considering this possibility weighed the poor record of the goalkeeper in the throws from eleven meters.
According to Stats Perform, De Gea has taken a whopping 40 penalties conceded in a row. Since Romelu Lukaku was stopped by one at Wembley on 23 April 2016 during the FA Cup semi-final that Unityed beat Everton (1-2), he has been beaten over and over again without help.
From a Watford-United in 2016
The endless series began on September 18, 2016, when Troy Deeney established a 3-1 penalty with which Watford beat Manchester United in the Premier League.
It was the first of that long list of 40 that includes the 11 transformed on Wednesday by Villarreal in the final shootout of the Europa League. Also featured are the four who decided the 2018 World Cup round of 16 tie between hosts Russia and Spain.
That Russia-Spain of the eighth of the 2018 World Cup
After finishing the match 1-1, during which Artem Dzyuba had already scored the Russian penalty goal, De Gea was unable to stop any of the attempts made by Fedor Smolov, Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksandr Golovin and Denis Cheryshev in a shootout that favored on the local side by 3-4.