Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is invaluable to his side, and these stats prove it.
When it comes to the argument of who is the world’s best goalkeeper – few can look past Manchester United’s David De Gea.
The Spanish international has garnered a reputation for being simply unbeatable on his day, winning a multitude of individual accolades in his time at Old Trafford, with many crediting the former Atletico Madrid keeper as the reason why the club have been kept afloat in recent campaigns.
In the aftermath of Manchester United’s excellent comeback victory to deny rivals Manchester City the Premier League title on Saturday – a statistic has done the rounds which exemplifies just how excellent De Gea has been so far this campaign.
Be it in the Premier League, UEFA Champions League or the domestic cups – Manchester United are the only club in Europe’s top 5 leagues yet to concede more than two goals in a single game in all competitions.
?? Across Europe’s Top 5 Leagues This Season….
? Only ONE team have NOT conceded more than 2 goals in any match….
— SPORF (@Sporf) April 9, 2018
This stat can be put down to De Gea’s brilliance between the sticks, with the 27-year-old averting danger time and time again when it looks like he has no right to.
In fact, according to Opta – while De Gea has conceded only 23 Premier League goals this season, as United boast the 2nd best defence in the division – a normal goalkeeper would be expected to have conceded at least 37 goals, outlining just how important he is to the United cause.
14 – David de Gea has conceded 23 league goals this season (excl. OGs), but based on Opta xG data for the shots on target he’s faced, the average goalkeeper would’ve been expected to concede 37 goals. This is the biggest differential by a PL goalkeeper in 2017-18. Match-Winner. pic.twitter.com/SRC8VpsKEQ
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 7, 2018
While goals are what win games and forwards often steal the headlines, goalkeepers like De Gea are ultimately what set the great sides apart from the others.
He is invaluable to United, and they will do everything in their power to keep him at the club this summer.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena