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Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has backed team-mate David De Gea to bounce back from his error in the League Cup semi-final defeat to Sunderland.
David Moyes’ men looked to set for a trip to Wembley on away goals with the final whistle fast approaching at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
But De Gea allowed a shot from Phil Bardsley to slip past his hands and into the net in extra-time, with Gus Poyet’s side then in the driving seat to face Manchester City in the final.
He was spared by striker Javier Hernandez who sent the tie to a penalty shootout, but United were beaten after scoring just one of their five spot-kicks.
The Spanish keeper did manage to save two Sunderland penalties, and Fletcher is confident he has what it takes to move on from his mistake and come back stronger.
“David has been fantastic,” Fletcher told MUTV. “In the last 18 months I don’t think there has been a better goalkeeper around. He really has been fantastic. He’s been a shining light, one of the big positives of this season.
“He’s disappointed, as everyone is, but he will be fine and he will show what a top goalkeeper he is.
“He redeemed himself in the penalty shoot-out with two saves and we should have done better with our execution of the penalties.
“All goalkeepers make mistakes and it’s just unfortunate for David that it’s happened to him tonight (Wednesday). But he will be OK.”