David de Gea is good at goalkeeping.
That much was evident after his 11 saves against Tottenham on Sunday.
How much did de Gea contribute to Manchester United’s victory? As Ryan O’Hanlon noted in No Grass in the Clouds:
De Dea’s 11 saves against Tottenham were the most in a Premier League game this season. United conceded 1.80 expected goals worth of chances, but even that undersells de Gea’s performance. Football Whispers has a stat called “post-shot expected goals” that takes into account both where the shot was taken from and where it was placed on goal. (If the shot is from a great location but is hit over the bar, it gets a big old zero.) And based on that number, de Gea kept out 2.59 expected goals worth of shots on target!
De Gea single-handily ruined our suggestion to look at the over of 5.5 goals at 8/1.
While de Gea’s performance was incredible, ManU isn’t out of the woods yet. While no fan of the Red Devils will complain about this post-Mou Reconstruction Era resurgence of the club, their defense is still leaky af. That’s why de Gea had to make 11 saves.
Regardless, thanks to de Gea and the reanimation of Paul Pogba, United is just 16 points back of league leaders Liverpool after 22 games. Oh wait, that’s not good.
Here’s those 11 saves though!