David De Gea: Man United could have knocked out Bayern Munich

David De Gea says Manchester United proved they can compete with the best in Champions League quarter-final

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea Photo: henrikalexandersen/Flickr

David De Gea admits that Manchester United found their Champions League quarter-final defeat by Bayern Munich difficult to swallow.

The Red Devils travelled to the Allianz Arena last week with a good chance of reaching the last four of Europe’s elite club competition after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the first leg.

With a bit of luck, I think we could have got through

David De Gea

However, goals from Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben overturned the lead the visitors had taken through Patrice Evra as Pep Guardiola’s holders booked their place in the semis.

But despite the defeat, United goalkeeper De Gea felt that David Moyes’ side proved that they can compete with the best in Europe over the two legs.

“The Bayern defeat was tough for us to take,” said De Gea. “We put in two really good performances, we did well in both games of the tie and, with a bit of luck, I think we could have got through.

“But it was always going to be a difficult task going to Munich and they pressurised us a lot in the Allianz Arena. But of course we have to keep going.”

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