Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea had penalty notes on every Villarreal taker, but still didn't save any as the Red Devils were beaten 11-10 on spot-kicks in the Europa League final.
Following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes, De Gea was unable to save a single penalty as Villarreal scored 11 times from 12 yards.
He then had his decisive spot-kick saved by Gerónimo Rulli to hand Villarreal their first major continental trophy.
Before the Spaniard stepped-up to take, there had been 21 penalties scored consecutively by both sides.
But when it came to De Gea's own spot-kick, he could only watch in horror as his weak effort was saved by Rulli extending Man Utd's trophyless run.
Despite having notes on every player in the shoot-out, United's number one, let in 11 successive penalties adding to an already woeful record.
It now means De Gea has failed to keep out any of the last 36 penalties he's faced, a staggering statistic stretching back to 2016.
He last saved from ex-United striker Romelu Lukaku, whilst the Belgian was at Everton, in a 2-1 win during an FA Cup semi-final.
Because of his atrocious record, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he did consider substituting the keeper for Dean Henderson before the shoot-out
"You go through every scenario, of course," Solskjaer explained in his pre-match press conference.
"And it had crossed my mind in the build-up to the game but we were confident in David and prepared.
"Anything can happen in a penalty shootout. I stuck with the 'keeper who played all of the game."
For Solskjaer, it's now a case of what might have been.
Since the start of the 2017/18 season, not including penalty shoot-outs, Dean Henderson has saved eight penalties from 15 faced, while De Gea has let in 16 from 16.
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