Atalanta coach hails De Gea after losing at Old Trafford
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Atalanta coach hails De Gea after losing at Old Trafford

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has hailed keeper David De Gea after his side threw a two-goal lead at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

La Dea were 2-0 ahead at halftime but were to lose 3-2 in the game and according to Gasperini, De Gea saves were crucial in the tie when they were in the lead.

“I don't know if we couldn't have done more. Of course, we believed, but in an environment like this, it just takes a spark to get them fired up again. We had the sensation we were holding out, we went very close to going 3-1 up and their goalkeeper made a wonderful double save, then the 2-2 happened.

“Inevitably, we might've held out longer with a few more players available, but we conceded three goals on fairly messy situations," Gasperini told Sky Italia.

“We keep learning! These are top-level fixtures, you must learn to hold out during their moments of enthusiasm.

“We hoped to be in there at the end because Manchester United throws a lot of forwards on and are dangerous, but they also leave spaces at the back. Manchester United comebacks and late wins are typical at Old Trafford, I've lost count of how many times they've done it here, so it's a characteristic of theirs."

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