Manchester United’s goalless draw against Wolves on Saturday took David de Gea onto 105 Premier League clean sheets.

He’s currently 15th on the all-time list, topped by Petr Cech with 202 for Chelsea and Arsenal.

Should de Gea have more to show for 300 appearances since 2011, given he has been the division’s outstanding goalkeeper for much of that time?

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De Gea’s incredible consistency

At the turn of the year, United fans may have looked back across the previous decade, trying to pick a best player or a best team from that period.


De Gea is the only player who has, largely, retained consistency despite the upheaval the the club and played at a genuinely world class level.

There have been matches when it has felt that even when United play well and win, de Gea has had to pull a rabbit out of the hat at some stage of the game.

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Has de Gea been let down?

105 Premier League clean sheets is a good return but it’s hard to shake the feeling de Gea should have far more.

Of course he has time to add to that tally, but David Seaman’s tally of 140 from 344 matches is an accurate indicator of what an elite goalkeeper can achieve behind a suitable backline.

Edwin van der Sar managed 132 in 313 Premier League games, and Peter Schmeichel 128 in 310.

De Gea has seldom played behind a back four of the right quality, which has forced him to perform heroics far more often than United have had any right to expect.

It is fair to say he’s been let down by his team-mates, who have left him far too exposed during his Old Trafford career.

He has also been let down by a club which has not recruited defenders to the right standard since Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra left the club in 2014.

The Spaniard will climb up the list, and may overtake both Van der Sar and Schmeichel. It is a shame he is not a lot closer already.

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