'That happens to the best' - Mourinho backs De Gea after World Cup blunder

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ADRIAN DENNIS
The Manchester United boss said his star goalkeeper would be well aware of the enormity of his mistake in Spain's draw against Portugal

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea will know his error against Portugal was a "bad mistake", according to his club manager Jose Mourinho.

De Gea fumbled a tame Cristiano Ronaldo strike into the net late in the first half of the enthralling 3-3 World Cup draw between the teams on Friday.

That goal completed Ronaldo's brace and the Portugal star sealed a hat-trick with a stunning 88th-minute free-kick to earn his side a draw in the Group B clash.

Mourinho – who was helped to a second-place finish in the Premier League by De Gea's heroics at Manchester United – said the 27-year-old would be well aware of his error.

"De Gea is my boy," he told RT .

"It hurts me to say it but he knows it was a bad mistake. It's a mistake he doesn't make with us at Manchester United because he was named player of the season for fantastic performances.

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"But that happens to the best."

Despite leading thanks to a Diego Costa double and Nacho Fernandez's fine strike, Spain were forced to settle for a draw after Ronaldo's late heroics.

Spain face Iran next Wednesday before closing Group B play against Morocco

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