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Spain coach Gabino: Don't blame De Gea - this Man Utd team softer than a muffin!

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Grea's former coach Gabino Rodriguez has slammed his teammates for letting him down.

De Gea copped a ton of flak for failing to get near any of the 11 Villarreal penalties, ignoring a tip sheet and then fluffing his own spot-kick in the shootout to decide the Europa League final.

Gabino worked with De Gea at Spain youth level and says: “I always believe the team is a true reflection of the character of its coach. Look at the one led by Sir Alex Ferguson and that would show no mercy.

“But Ole's team is softer than a muffin and David is suffering the consequences of the defensive frailties.

“You need to protect your best asset in the team, but there is just an uncontrolled mess between midfield and defence with gaps.

“Basically Ole's team has a brutal defensive weakness. The two centre-backs are too slow, they are not commanding and other teams are well aware of it.

“The big problem is Solskjaer's tactical organisation. United's defensive deficiencies are undervaluing De Gea and Ole just doesn't convince me.

“In the old days Roy Keane and Paul Scholes not only dictated games, but did the dirty work and were the defensive backbone. In Ole's team Edinson Cavani is the best defender!"


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