FANS have trolled Manchester United keeper David de Gea for his “super special preparation” to face Leo Messi ahead of yesterday’s Champions League clash at Nou Camp.
The Red Devils keeper fumbled the ball into his own net, helping the Argentine scored his second goal as Barcelona beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men 3-0.
Solskjaer was pulling out all the stops to overturn United’s one-goal deficit from the first leg.
The La Liga champs had not lost their previous 30 Champions League home games prior to Tuesday’s clash, making the daunting task seem almost impossible.
One of the tricks the Red Devils used was special training regime for De Gea, 28, concentrated on stopping Messi in particular.
United goalkeeping coach Emiliano Alvarez told Cadena Ser radio ahead of the clash: “We do some things different. I wouldn’t lie if I said we do a super special preparation.
“I can’t deny that there is a particularity regarding Leo [Messi] in which in the end, you try to offer tools and data to the keeper so that it can help him.
“I do work that is more specific with De Gea which I obviously can’t reveal, but we do some things different and we include other things than with respect to another game as we are facing Leo.”
But it hardly helped the United keeper as De Gea committed a horrific error, leading to Messi’s second goal of the night 20 minutes in the game.
And fans on social media had no mercy for the Spaniard.
One user wrote: “This aged well.”
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Utkarsh tweeted: “Clearly ‘super special prep’ has worked out for De Gea against Messi.”
While Spanish news outlet AS wrote: “Basic ball stopping skills practice might have been more useful.”
Avani said: “To be fair, De Gea saying he has done “super special preparation” for Messi sounds a lot like how I used to tell myself I was gonna ace my exams and leave no stone unturned.