Another heroic display of glovemanship from Manchester United keeper David De Gea was arguably the biggest factor behind the Red Devils’ 3-0 win over Liverpool last time out.
The Spaniard made no fewer than seven saves to deny the Reds’ best attacking advances as he racked up his umpteenth man of the match award of the season.
It wasn’t the first time during Louis van Gaal’s side six-match winning run in which De Gea’s brilliance has been largely responsible for Man Utd prevailing and few would debate the notion that he is the finest Premier League operative in his field at present.
These stats denote just how impressive he has been.
Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois – lauded in several quarters as one of the world’s best stoppers – makes fewer saves per game and saves per goal on average, while his clean sheet count can’t best the Spanish number one’s.
Conclusive evidence indeed, but the bwinbetting penmen have been so impressed with his antics that we’re prepared to go one step further and declare him as the best PLAYER in the entire division.
Should the former Atletico Madrid man’s fantastic form continue throughout the campaign it’ll be difficult for the vote casters in the PFA to ignore him in the running for the Player of the Year award, though there are four players shorter than him in the betting.
Chelsea conjurer Cesc Fabregas is the 3/1 favourite, marginally ahead of 7/2 shot Sergio Aguero, 9/2 twosome Eden Hazard and Diego Costa complete the short quartet before De Gea weighs in at 6/1.
Undoubtedly all four are enjoying great seasons, but it’s easy to shine in an attacking berth for one of the two strongest sides in the top-tier.
Given the raft of injury concerns Man Utd have had to deal with, it wouldn’t be unfair to argue that they owe their lofty third-place standing in the Premier League to their keeper.
Considering that he can make no contribution in a goal-getting capacity, this is especially impressive and if they are to snare a top-four finish, or perhaps better, as a direct consequence, De Gea must be recognised accordingly.