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Solskjaer refutes Neville’s claims that De Gea is distracted by ongoing contract negotiations

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has denied Gary Neville’s claims that David de Gea’s high profile blunder against Arsenal was due to his protracted contract talks.

The Manchester United number one seemed to be completely bamboozled by a speculative looking effort from Granit Xhaka, moving to the left before helplessly watching the ball sail into the right side of his goal.

With the 28-year-old being widely regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers in the world, the nature of the goal left Gary Neville questioning whether De Gea’s ongoing contract talks left him distracted, a remark which caretaker manager Solskjaer strongly refuted.

“David is too professional to let his mind wander,” Solskjaer said in his post-match press conference.

“The best players, they know how to focus.

“I don’t class it as a mistake. I’m stood right behind the ball. We don’t put pressure on Xhaka.

“He must be Brazilian because the way he struck the ball and it swerves and moves in the air – it goes towards David’s left and then changes direction completely. That’s just one of those things.”

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