Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes David De Gea is “mentally strong” and will not be affected by the criticism of his performance against Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinal.
The Manchester United goalkeeper is under pressure after series of uncharacteristic mistakes this season with the recent in the FA Cup tie against Chelsea being at fault for two of the three goals scored by Frank Lampard’s men on Sunday.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to single him out for any blame and refused to say anything negative when asked whether or not he will drop the Spanish international in their game against West Ham on Wednesday.
A victory over the Hammers will see United’s chase for a top four finish back to life ahead of the season’s finale on Sunday against Leicester City.
“This is not going to become a David de Gea press conference,” Solskjaer said. “We are just going to stick together.
“We’ve got two games and we’re going to focus on that.
“David is mentally strong enough to know his job is to perform in training the next day and be ready for the games.
“My job is to prepare the team for West Ham and that’s what we’re doing. We’re not going to talk about individuals because no one here is going to feel that we put more pressure on them.”
Solskjaer was focused rather on the game ahead than their FA Cup defeat to Chelsea and urged his players to bounce back from that disappointment.
“When you lose a game you are hurt, you’re disappointed and you’ve just got to focus on the next thing,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“A defeat isn’t the end of the world. Now, it’s business as usual and onto the next game.
“We’ve had so many setbacks as a club, we’ve lost big games before and we’ve turned that round. That’s what we have to do now.”
On the importance of Champions League qualification, he added: “You always want to be part of the biggest tournaments and that is an attraction, but Man Utd is attractive enough.
“Everyone can see now that we’re on the road to something better, I feel so anyway.“