United were dumped out of the Champions League by the Spanish giants after a 3-0 loss on the night, and a 4-0 drubbing on aggregate, having gone down 1-0 in the first leg.
De Gea allowed a ‘harmless’ shot from Messi to sneak past him on the 20th minute, virtually killing the game that could have had a different outcome.
According to Neville, if De Gea could not have conceded at that particular minute, Manchester could have had a shout in the match.
“The David De Gea second goal took the game away from United, it deflated the whole team, took the spirit out of them. I don’t know where it came from. I know people have said that David De Gea has made some mistakes, obviously in the last 12 months but not that many like that for Manchester United, in fact, I can’t think of any like that,” he said while speaking to beIN SPORTS.
“It was a bad goal to lose. It will be interesting to see what he says, I hope he comes out and fronts up. I think it’s important when you make a mistake of that nature in your home country, he’s now an experienced player, I hope he’s the one coming out and explaining it. I think that will bode well for him,”
He, however, redeemed himself later on in the match and put in a string of good saves, including denying Messi a hat trick and generally protected a scoreline that could have been embarrassing.
De Gea has been one of the consistent performers for United in his eight years’ stay at the Manchester club and has single-handedly won them countless games.