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The goalkeeper allowed a tame Phil Bardsley shot to give Sunderland the lead in the Capital One Cup semi-final, with Manchester United eventually crashing out on penalties

Darren Fletcher has backed Manchester United team-mate David De Gea to bounce back from his Capital One Cup semi-final howler against Sunderland.

The goalkeeper allowed a tame shot from Phil Bardsley to slip out of his grasp and over the line deep into extra time with United looking set to seal a Wembley berth, allowing Gus Poyet's men to move ahead on aggregate.

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Although Chicharito responded almost immediately to send the tie to penalties, United were ultimately beaten after scoring just one out of five from the spot, with two penalty saves from De Gea proving to be immaterial.

The result saw United's dismal run in 2014 continue but Fletcher is confident De Gea, one of the club's better performers this season, has the character to respond.

"David has been fantastic," Fletcher told MUTV. "In the last 18 months I don't think there has been a better goalkeeper around. He really has been fantastic. He's been a shining light, one of the big positives of this season.

"He's disappointed, as everyone is, but he will be fine and he will show what a top goalkeeper he is.

"He redeemed himself in the penalty shoot-out with two saves and we should have done better with our execution of the penalties.

"All goalkeepers make mistakes and it's just unfortunate for David that it's happened to him tonight [Wednesday]. But he will be OK."

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