Stats and Tactics – The time might not yet be right for De Gea

With careers drawing to a close, Manchester United is due to change their goalkeeping options; with several others in their 30s and a younger generation becoming established, Edwin van der Sar’s replacement may be one of Sir Alex’s most crucial decisions for the future. Whoever follows the outstanding Dutch keeper will have big gloves to fill, and many potential options have been identified in the media, including names like Manuel Neuer, Pepe Reina, Maarten Stekelenburg, but the recurring name is David De Gea.

The “you’ll never win anything with kids” season shows Sir Alex is not afraid to play youth if he believes they are good enough. At the age of 20, De Gea has shown potential in coming to prominence last season, having won two honours with Atl

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