How De Gea Ignored Penalty Cheat-Sheet And Lost Europa League To Villarreal

David De Gea was given a cheat sheet but he ignored it and Manchester United lost their Europa League final penalty shootout against Villarreal.

Before the dreaded shootout, United coaches Richard Hartis and Craig Mawson handed De Gea a list of Villarreal's players and where they normally put their penalties.

The note, slipped into the goalkeeper's towel, even gave additional advice on each player's run-up.

However, De Gea was unable to save any of Villarreal's 11 spot-kicks, before missing his own to hand the Spaniards their first-ever major trophy – and extend United's trophyless streak to four years.

The Spaniard initially followed his cheat-sheet to the letter – only having no advice for Moreno – but was unable to keep any out.

During the crucial sudden-death period, De Gea went off-book THREE times.

Moi Gomez took Villarreal's sixth penalty, with his notes revealing he would go down the middle.

But De Gea dived to his left, with Gomez – as suggested – rolling the ball into the centre of the goal.

The Spaniard also ignored the advice for Francis Coquelin, although saving his brave, top-corner strike would have been a monumental feat.

De Gea also failed to adhere to the advice given on Pau Torres – with his gamble almost paying off.

Understandably, De Gea was given no advice on how to keep out opposite number Geronimo Rulli's kick.

And when his own tame effort was parried away by Rulli, United were left disheartened – with Bruno Fernandes spotted in tears.

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De Gea has now failed to save any of his last 40 penalties.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 years ago

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