Pau Torres has revealed he told Manchester United’s David de Gea ‘not to worry’ about his penalty miss in the Europa League final.
A rather turgid 120 minutes of football ended one goal apiece, following strikes from Gerard Moreno and Edinson Cavani, and the match went to a penalty shoot-out.
The spot-kicks were of much better quality than the game and all 21 players, including Villarreal’s goalkeeper, scored before De Gea stepped up in sudden death.
Unfortunately, the Spaniard’s shot was tame and easily saved, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wait for a first trophy as United boss goes on.
Torres, who was excellent in the match and is on United’s centre-back shortlist for the coming transfer window, has revealed he moved to console his international teammate upon the final whistle.
The 24-year-old told De Gea to forget about losing the trophy, as they will have their sights set on winning Euro 2020 for Spain this summer instead.
“He has a strong mind, I spoke with him after the game and this won’t affect him,” Torres on De Gea on Wednesday.
“It will stay in the past, I tried to encourage him as best as I could and told him not to worry about it because this summer he is going to lift a different trophy.”
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Torres also moved to pour cold water on speculation he could leave Villarreal this summer, with United one of several interested clubs.
“Right now I have a contract with Villarreal. We’ve won a European trophy. We’ve shown we can compete against any opponent,” he added.
“Next year we have the Champions League ahead of us, and that’s what I’m focused on. Those rumours mean that you’re doing a good job. I’m calm.
“Those rumours came out a while ago and I don’t think my performance has changed, it’s been good.”