MANCHESTER UNITED star David De Gea is the best performing goalkeeper in Europe’s top five leagues this season – in one department at least.

De Gea, 31, has outperformed his Premier League rivals in terms of saving expected goals this season.


David De Gea is overperforming more than any other Premier League goalkeeper[/caption]


Only Jose Sa comes close to rivalling De Gea’s record[/caption]

Incredibly, he has saved 7.5 shots that were expected to hit the back of the net.

That has won United countless points – his five saves against Norwich a prime example of how crucial he is to the Red Devils.

Wolves keeper Jose Sa is next on the list with 6.6 expected goals saved, and Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris closes out the top three with 1.6.

By comparison, other top keepers in the Premier league fall some way short of De Gea.

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale has won several plaudits for his displays this season but he has stopped just 0.4 expected goals this term, which suggests he has not overperformed like De Gea.

Meanwhile, other highly rated stars such as Edouard Mendy (0.7) and Alisson (0.4) also fall short of the Spaniard.


And Manchester City star Ederson has even underperformed.

He has saved just 31 per cent of the shots he has faced and as a result has an expected goals saved of minus 2.2 – that means he has conceded two goals he should have stopped.

A total of 11 keepers in the Prem have let in more goals than they were expected to – Ilan Meslier of Leeds possesses the worst record with minus 5.3.

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