Manchester United are about to face Benfica in the group stage of the Champions League and their goalkeeper, David De Gea, talked about his opponent, Mile Svilar – and he advised to forget about his mistake in the last match.
The Belgian shot-stopper made history against United in the previous meeting between the two sides, becoming the youngest goalkeeper in the competition’s history at just 18 years, one month and 22 days, according to Goal. He also made a huge mistake which led to the only goal of the campaign but De Gea is sure that he will be able to recover from it.
The Spaniard felt a bit sorry for the young goalkeeper as he said: “Yes, I did have sympathy for him. But then that’s the life of a goalkeeper for you. It can be tough especially when you are so young and make a big mistake – but in the end, you just have to live with it and learn from the errors that you make. He’s just a young lad and he’s only just starting out his career and I’m sure he’ll be fine.”
The former keeper of Atletico Madrid advised Svilar to move on: “The main thing is, if you do make a mistake, you should try to quickly forget about it and just keep going. At the end of the day when you are so young, you get used to any mistakes you make and you just have to cope with them. You have to work very hard and enjoy what you do.”
The United manager, José Mourinho, also had something to say about the opponent’s youngster: “He is very good. In the next match after us, he kept a clean sheet and the same again at the weekend. He has a good personality and is a good goalkeeper.”