Ever since Edin Dzeko scored the second goal in the Community Shield, exposing David De Gea to a long ranger he probably should have saved, the following stat has been widely cited about Manchester United’s new goalkeeper:
11 – David De Gea conceded more goals from outside the box than any other goalkeeper last season in La LigaBBVA.
Now we are also big fans of OptaJoe and welcome the prevalence of statistics in modern football but sometimes they don’t always tell the full story.
Pressure on De Gea has continued with question marks over the first goal conceded to City where he did not come and claim a cross as well as the low (not so long range) strike from Shane Long that pegged back Manchester United at West Brom on Sunday.
All eyes will be on De Gea when Manchester United take on Spurs on Monday night and at the Hawthorns Sir Alex Ferguson compared the Spaniard’s early experiences in England to Peter Schmeichel when he first arrived.
Video footage has now been put together of all 11 goals conceded from outside the box in 2010/2011 when David De Gea was impressing for Atletico Madrid.
The obvious caveat is that plenty of these strikers are absolute belters and De Gea was well beaten by plenty of them. In addition, the young Spaniard is less likely to face as many long rangers at Manchester United than he did at Atletico Madrid.
His most likely problem at Old Trafford is likely to be concentration and perhaps incoming crosses which is the big difference between La Liga and the Premier League.