David de Gea’s Man Utd downturn exposes another harsh reality for Erik ten Hag


Despite being one of United’s better performers this season, there’s growing evidence to indicate that Ten Hag may opt to go with someone else in goal at the club next season.

It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that Manchester United ’s season has fallen apart in recent months. The Reds have won just three of their last 13 matches across all competitions and are at risk of finishing outside the Premier League ’s top six for the first time since 2014.

An alarming issue across that run has been the number of goals Ralf Rangnick’s side have conceded. They shipped a combined 24 across the 13 matches which included conceding four on three separate occasions against Manchester City, Liverpool and Brighton.

This has inevitably led to an increased spotlight on the United defence, which has been considered a longstanding issue at the club, although goalkeeper David de Gea has also come under scrutiny during this time.

Due to standout shot-stopping displays, De Gea has for much of the season escaped criticism despite United’s poor form. According to Fbref, he’s got the second-best overperformance in terms of post-shot xG (PSxG) for any Premier League goalkeeper this season with +7.0.

You can find a full explanation of PSxG in the glossary here, but in this case, it effectively means that thanks to the Spaniard’s shot-stopping, United are seven goals better off this season.

But a lot of his best performances came earlier in the campaign, and his form does look to have hit a downward slope in more recent weeks. De Gea’s accumulated PSxG for those aforementioned 13 matches totalled 19.5. Therefore by conceding 24 goals, he’s in fact underperformed by a total of 4.5.